Dramatic Production: Concept to Completion


The Student Organization of Undergraduate Playwrights’ “Trick-or-Treat: A Night of Short Plays” was a huge success, however, it was no simple task. The membership had a study of how a dramatic production is put on, from the initial concept to the actual manifestation of our goal. With the CREATE_space in mind as our performing venue, our creative research began a month before the time in the space. Through brainstorming we hatched the idea of a Halloween themed show and then through workshopping we perfected our pieces. We also researched promotional materials and strategies to get the word out about the show. We used social media as our main platform for this and utilized analytics for the optimum posting time. As time until the show dwindled, the planning got more intense. We started thinking about fundraising, finalizing actors, scripts and completing our...

The day I watched my Dad pull his gun


During my second year as an MFA candidate in the ceramics department here at OU, I am exploring childhood recollections through recreation and adaptation. My hope with this work is not only to recall memories that are significant to my development, but also to revisit times in my life when important people (such as my father, grandparents, etc.) were still living and, in turn, still a source of comfort and safety. On to the project… For this iteration of the piece I’ve titled “The day I watched my Dad pull his gun”, I moved my studio into the installation space up at the Ridges for 2 days. During this time, I built loosely constructed wooden supports out of 2x4s that would eventually hold raw clay constructions of the human hand. I enjoyed working with raw clay in this manner because it allowed me to construct these pieces free of the anxieties most often...

Recreating Robert Rauschenburg’s “Monogram”

By Linda Di Bernardo

The job of the props artisan is to create the objects that enhance the believability of the world of the play. If done well, both the audience and actors willingly allow themselves to be transported and suspension of disbelief can only achieved if the props are accurate and authentic. bobrauschenburgamerica, by Charles Mee was the first show of the 2014-15 season produced by the Ohio University School of Theatre. One of the props called for was a reproduction of a well known sculpture by the artist Robert Rauschenburg called “Monogram”, which depicts a life-size goat with a tire around it’s belly and a face full of paint. This required extensive research into not only accurately depicting a life-size goat, but how to do it both cheaply and efficiently – two other important factors of being a props artisan. For roughly $120, and on a three week time frame, the...

Projections for Assassins

By Chet Miller

Ohio Universities second main stage this season was the show Assassins. Sondheim has the play structured to build up to the killing of Kennedy by Ozwald. Traditionally, the Zapruder film is shown at this moment. Our set was designed to show the fil on the back window of the book depository. I wanted to explore the moment as a frozen moment in time. The zapruder film actually loops in the background, as commentary about the cyclical nature of tragedy. On the floor and the wall, Walter Kronkite announcing that the president has been shot is projected. The floor projection is the primary way that Ozwald is lit in this section. Finally the floor projection and the windo projection shift to be scenes of Ozwald being paraded up and down the halls of the Dallas Police station. The @Lab provided both of the projectors used in this project. The window is a rear projection using one of the wide...


By Chet Miller

For the first mainstage of the season, the OU School of Theatre performed Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. The @Lab was essential for all aspects of the projection design. At one point, the title character falls down a flight of stairs, tumbling all the way to the underworld. This was filmed in the Ohio University Pool, edited in the @Lab and then projected onto plastic drops all over the stage during the performance. A few of the other projections are the high rise apartment of the Nasty Interesting Man and the falling petals of Eurydice’s wedding.



The @lab is currently lending the Ohio University School of Theatre technology to put on a production of Marisol by Jose Rivera. Using a webcam that we borrowed we have been able to do time lapse video of the set painting and lighting focus of the space.

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