JR Bruce - Scenic Design & Scenic Art

Ensemble Theatre Company. Santa Barbara, CA, 2014. Director: Saundra McClain

Lynn Nottage’s play takes place in New York City at the turn of the Century. Our production design centered around the idea that the Esther was a thread that tied 3 entirely different worlds; a seedy brothel in the Tenderloin, a ritzy 5th Ave apartment, and a mid-town fabric store, together.  I created a design where these worlds enveloped Esther’s little room, and allowed her to seamlessly travel through the space.  This allowed us to set up multiple tableaus throughout the production, and gave each character a chance to develop beyond the written word.