Redesigning “Rent” – A Talk with “Rent: Live” Production Designer Jason Sherwood

Redesigning “Rent” – A Talk with “Rent: Live” Production Designer Jason Sherwood

Long before Jason Sherwood was asked to design the set for Fox’s upcoming “Rent: Live,” he was a fan of the show. He saw “Rent” on Broadway twice; once from the back of the mezzanine and once in the front row as a recipient of a $20 rush ticket. Both times he was “blown away by the energy exploding off the stage” and touched by the boundary-pushing musical. “As a gay person, this was the first show I'd ever seen where two people of the same sex sang a love song to each other,” he remembered, “That visibility and that kind of storytelling was handled so beautifully and so effortlessly.”

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Creating Worlds: A Cow as White as Milk

Creating Worlds: A Cow as White as Milk

Into the Woods. 

One of my favorite shows of all time. When our theatre decided to do it, I knew I would audition, but before that I said I would be the properties designer. I knew the props would be a challenge, with Rapunzel’s wig and the harp and the million other things necessary for the show. 

In volunteering for that position; however, I kind of forgot about one thing. 

The cow. 

How the hell was I going to do the cow?

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The Great (Scenic) Work Begins with Reinvention for “Angels In America’s” Edward Pierce

The Great (Scenic) Work Begins with Reinvention for “Angels In America’s” Edward Pierce

For scenic designer Edward Pierce, the biggest challenge of bringing the much-lauded London production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels In America” to Broadway was the sheer scale of the show. The two-part, eight-hour show has over 70 locations from the realistic (an apartment, a synagogue, a doctor’s office) to the fantastical (a hallucinogenic version of Antarctica and a version of the afterlife). The London production, helmed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Ian MacNeil, was housed in a cavernous theater with plenty of wing space, a luxury not afforded in New York’s Neil Simon Theatre. Luckily, this is just the kind of challenge Pierce specializes in.

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