4 1-woman productions in 4 weeks
Productions (In order of appearance):
Backstage and Other Stories (World Premiere)
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.
Photo of the Wayfinding set, which was repurposed for the 4x4 Series:
Graphite renderings of each show:
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.
Check out this blog post featured on Synchronicity Theatre's website about repurposing the Wayfinding set to become the unit set for 4x4: