Under Construction: Building the Earnest Set
Written by Ken Hildebrandt   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:58

The process for designing a set for one of our productions starts well before rehearsals start. The director, the designer and the construction team get together for an initial concept meeting. this is where the director shares his or her thoughts about specific needs required of the set, but also how the set might underscore the themes of the play. For The Importance of Being Earnest, the director wished to capture the essence of the aesthetic movement to which Wilde belonged, while creating a neutral enough space that could serve as three separate locations.


Once production concept have been discussed, the designer goes off to study the script and comes up with drawings of what the set might look like. Once the concept drawings are approved, the result of numerous meetings between the designer, director and construction personnel, scale construction plans are drawn up and turned over the construction team. The drawings are evaluated, questions or concerns are addressed, and construction commences.


Check out the concept art for The Importance of Being Earnest as designed by Brian Ball, and then compare to the actual set in various stages of construction. The concept drawings represent, in order, Act I - The Flat of Algernon Moncrieff, Act II - The Garden of John Worthing's Country Estate, and Act III - The Interior of Jack Worthing's Estate respectively. As of this date, the set is complete, and ready for transfer to the MEI Theatre.



Here are some photos of the set under construction:

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