a special project this semester, a group of graduate students have
created a special design for a production of King Lear. We are planning
to enter this design in an international exhibition, the 2003 Prague
Quadrennial. The Prague Quadrennial (PQ) is the pre-eminent scenographic
exhibition in the world, and one of the theatre community's most
important international events. As the PQ is staged every four years
and draws participation from all areas of the world (over 50 countries
are currently planning on participating), it has been considered
the Olympics for theatre designers. The particular challenge for
our project is to create a "Lear for our Times" using a "site-specific"
location that would reveal this "ancient" play in a "new and fresh"
As we prepare our exhibition, we hope to get feedback from our faculty,
staff, and students along the way. To accomplish this we will be
exhibiting this "work in progress" all day on Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday of finals week (December 11-13) in the room adjacent
to the Tech Office. A public feedback session will follow on Friday
December 13, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Trap Room. In order to
create the best possible exhibition for this important international
event, we would appreciate any and all feedback we can get from
our faculty, staff, students and friends of the theatre.
We won't promise that you will like what you see. However, we are
confident that you have never encountered a Lear quite like our
King Lear at Ground Zero.
Rick Thomas, Project Director