The visual design and arena theatre for Squaring the circle

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ronald Q. Burns (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David Batcheller

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis was two-fold: (1) to create a visual design for Katayev's Squaring the Circle in terms of an arena production, and (2) to design and build a flexible, semi-permanent seating arrangement for Aycock and Taylor stages. Visually, the criterion for the production were that it be period in silhouette, suggest a "sepia-toned" image, and convey the romantic farcical spirit of the play. A five-sided playing space was chosen for its spatial possibilities and visual interest. This space was defined by the seating risers. The scenic elements and set props were simple, suggestive of the period, and in the proper stylistic state of dilapidation. The costumes were to appear "layered" and bulky in appearance without being overly heavy and cumbersom. Items of Russian military uniforms and red accessories suggested the time and place while serving to unify the production concept. The lighting employed the "double-McCandless" system for the basic plot. This was supplimented by specials on key areas and toning light by which the "sepia-toned" concept could be emphasized. Concerning purpose one of this thesis, the criterion for the visual design were successfully and artistically realized.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1976
Kataev, Valentin, $d 1897- $t Squaring the circle
Theater $x Production and direction

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