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Denver: Some New Plays Present Real Design Challenges

When Tang Met Laika (photo by Terry Shapiro)Of the two fully staged productions of new plays as part of the Colorado New Play Summit (see below), Rogelio Martinez’ When Tang Met Laika presented a challenge to the designers that particularly intrigued me. I happened to have an outlet for my curiosity, a monthly feature for the website of Live Design Magazine on designs in regional theaters. The play’s plot involves an American astronaut who meets and is attracted to a Russian Cosmonaut while in orbit above the Earth’s atmosphere. I interviewed set designer Jim Kronzer and projections designer Charlie I. Miller about the problems they faced trying to create the weightlessness of space. Here’s my link to my story for Live Design Online.

Brad Hathaway