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4x4 series
4 1-woman productions in 4 weeks
Set Design 
SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE
2020

Productions (In order of appearance):
Backstage and Other Stories (World Premiere)
Stiff
Chorus of Bears (World Premiere)
Rip (World Premiere)

Click on each show title below to view more pictures of each:

Gabrielle was tasked with creating a unit set base that would work for all 4 productions.  Each would have a 5-day run and 2-3 days for changeover and tech.  Because of the tight schedule and the tight budget, it was decided that the previous set (left in place after initial COVID shut-down) would be repurposed.  Each show was incredibly different, but each broke the 4th wall at times, acknowledging the audience or the fact that the show is taking place inside a theater, etc.  The main inspiration for the design derived from historical photos of old theaters that were bare; no set, no lights, curtains open, etc.  The pieces felt like they honored the perseverance of theater throughout a pandemic, and how artists will always find a way to create art.  "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," and TEDtalks also served as inspiration for the feel/mood.

inspiration images:

Brick look example
floor look example

Photo of the Wayfinding set, which was repurposed for the 4x4 Series:

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initial sketch:

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colored rendering:

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Color palette:

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Graphite renderings of each show:

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To increase the variation of the looks of the sets, faux wood flooring was used for the first two productions, and then the flooring was taken up to reveal a dark wash floor which mimicked a black stage floor with years of dust/work and coats of paint.  Below was the elevation for the look of the second floor.

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Blog:

Check out this blog post featured on Synchronicity Theatre's website about repurposing the Wayfinding set to become the unit set for 4x4:

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