A while back I got hired by Fun House Theatre and Film to design their up-coming Romeo and Juliet.
This is a show I've long wanted to design. I once came close: but was foiled when that other theater company changed to a different show. Rats! I had such a good idea too, I thought. Now - finally! - this chance. Happily for me, the nice folks at Fun House liked this long-frustrated idea...
I once visited the Italian town of San Gimignano, a medieval town so neighborly that pretty well every household built their own defensive tower. Perfect! for the Montagues and Capulets.
San Gimignano - courtesy of Wikimedia HERE
I want to stage the play with each family both alike in the dignity of their own tower. Today I showed Fun House these sketches:
A schematic design elevation for Fun House Theatre and Film's production of Romeo and Juliet - by Shakespeare, of course.
A schematic plan for Fun House Theatre and Film's Romeo and Juliet.
The towers are color coded - reddish colors for the Capulets, blueish for the Montagues, which is inspired by the costumes planned for this production. The towers are meant to be very textural - built of rough stone, brick, shingles, sheet metal, scraps and scrounged materials, nothing highly anachronistic, but suggestive of the period rather than utterly correct. (This is good from a budget and gettin'-it-done standpoint. A "correct" production is difficult and expensive.) An important detail will be the violets that I saw growing in the chinks of the real town's towers.
Approved to proceed!
The next step is to send copies of these loosey-goosey sketches on to the excellent scenic builder for him to consider while I whip up some fast construction drawings.
The show opens Valentines Day. So get yer tickets!
I'll keep y'all in the loop.
(BTW I reserve the copyright to this design of course.)
ADDENDUM: HERE is a link to some of the rougher sketches that preceeded this "pretty" one.
ADDENDUM #2: HERE is a later post that links to all the posts about creating this R&J set.