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The house of Atreus : set design and costume design Patton, Michael Graham


The purpose of this paper is to describe the creation and implementation of the set and costume design for The University of British Columbia’s production of The House of Atreus at the Fredric Wood Theatre in September of 2005. These designs were the thesis project for my Master of Fine Arts Degree. The House of Atreus is John Lewin’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia. New York based director KJ Sanchez directed the play, and the lighting design was created by Gillian Wolpert. Annabell Woods assisted with the costume design and Ian Giles assisted with the set design. The scenic carpenters were Don Griffiths and Jason MacLean, and the Scene Shop Assistant was Michelle Nelson. Head of costume construction was Jean Driscoll-Bell, and costume builders were Lexa Naicu, Heather Keith, Tsz Ling Schum and Marijka Brusse. The props team consisted of Janet Bickford and Lynn Burton. Lauchlin Johnston and Michelle Nelson also built properties. This paper will describe the events and design process prior to rehearsals as well as the methods used to create the design during the rehearsal process. Focus will be given to designing a set that evolves as the company develops its presentation. Images and photos of designs are included to show the conception and realization of the designs.

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