We wanted a space inspired by planetariums. The experience of the show was intended to include surprising and striking shifts and moods. Settings included period parlors, an ocean liner, and rooms where photographic plates from a telescope are analyzed. None of these were thought to need to be nor ought to be naturalistic. As set designer, I wanted the space to promote the same sort of movement by the actors that would be present in any of those spaces. A piano has a shape and size and quality to it that affects the motion of the people around it. There is a beauty and significance to this specific period for science. Though we wished to push the themes of this piece outward, I wanted to maintain a visual foundation or at least an echo of where the written work is anchored.
Some historical and contemporary places that informed our choices
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