December 2018 Faculty Projects

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

ML Geiger is designing the plot of a new play - Last Night and the Night Before - which premieres at the Denver Center Theatre in January. Also, Annie in Seattle opens December 1st and runs through New Year’s Eve.

Brett J. Banakis is continuing design work on a one-man Magic/Puzzle/Prestidigitation show called The Enigmatist, starring David Kwong, at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. Brett is beginning work on a new Sherlock Holmes play at the Geffen Playhouse called Mysterious Circumstances, based on a New Yorker article of the same name. Brett is continuing work as International Scenic Supervisor on all worldwide productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with Set Design by Christine Jones ‘92, in Melbourne, Australia; Hamburg, Germany; and San Francisco. They are also working on a new production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Michael Mayer, with costumes by Susan Hilferty. Currently Running: The Cher Show, based on the life of - and featuring the music of - Cher, at the Neil Simon Theatre (co-design with Christine Jones ‘92).

Hugh Landwehr continues working on a new play, Minor Fantastical Kingdoms, for Resident Ensemble Players in Newark, Delaware, directed by Mark Lamos. He is also designing Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers for the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, directed by Mark Shanahan.

Paul Hackenmueller is currently working on a new production of Carmen with Paul Curran for Seattle Opera, and Cosi Fan Tutte with James Alexander for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Commercial projects nearing production include work on Ever After, a new musical, with Robert Wierzel, Anna Louizos ‘89, and Linda Cho. Commercial business meetings and events for Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and multiple projects for Target Corporation in the US, Asia, and India and all in planning and production this winter.

Susan Hilferty La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera opens December 4th (Michael Mayer, director, Christine Jones ’92, set designer and Kevin Adams lighting designer). The Met Live performance of La Traviata can be seen December 15 at the many theatres in NYC. She is currently designing sets and costumes for Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena at the Signature Theatre (Amith Chandrashaker ‘12, lighting designer).

Christine Jones is currently working on the Broadway production of The Cher Show, which she is co-designing with Brett Banakis ‘10. She is also designing La Traviata for the Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Season. Her work continues on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will soon add productions in Australia, San Francisco, and Germany. Christine is also designing Aida for the Met with Susan Hilferty for 2020.

Allen Lee Hughes is working on designing How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The play is directed by Niegel Smith, artistic director of the Flea Theatre. Allen remains on sabbatical for the fall semester.

Ed McCarthy lit the Juilliard Gala at the Koch Theater, relit the Fordham University Chapel with Jason Livingston ‘91. Video lighting for the making of a DVD of the Doobie Brothers at the Beacon Theater and for the Thanksgiving Day Parade pre-tape of Head Over Heels for CBS.

Chris Muller continues work on the exhibitions for the Sustainability Pavilion for the 2020 Dubai World Expo. He is continuing work on the new master Plan for the Philadelphia Zoo, and for a new museum at New York area maximum security prison. He is illustrating the memoirs of a famous theater director. He is illustrating a children's book about Robots and Jewish Spirituality.

Peter Nigrini Having survived an overstuffed fall, Peter is hard at work being a parent.  In-between dragon slaying missions, tickle fights, and being the audience to an impromptu musical number or two, he might find a little bit of time to prepare Ain’t Too Proud and Beetlejuice for their Broadway transfers and begin on The Secret Life of Bees with Sam Gold.

Maggie Raywood is finishing up the last of the garden projects for the year; a bit of weeding, wrapping some delicate things in burlap, planting the last of the bulbs, and setting up one new terrace project with new planters to be ready to add the plants in the spring. Over the winter break she plans to travel to the MFA in Boston to see Exhibition Lab: Sargent and Fashion and to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA to see the exhibit Empress of China's Forbidden City. 

Paul Steinberg continues work on the designs for Judgement Day by Odin Von Horvath for the Park Ave. Armory directed by Richard Jones. Current Tisch grad actors will participate in a summer workshop of the production that opens in November 2019.

Robert Wierzel is continuing pre-production with Paul Hackenmueller for Ever After, a new musical, with music by Zina Goldrich; book & lyrics by Marcy Heisler; directed by Susan Booth; choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter; musical direction by Phil Reno; scenery by Anna Louizos ‘89; costumes by Linda Cho; sound designed by Ken Travis. The Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta. 1/19. Silent Night an opera, with music by Kevin Puts; libretto by Mark Campbell; directed by Tomer Zvulum; scenery by Erhard Rom ‘92; costumes by Victoria (Vita) Tzykun ‘05; sound design by Andrew Mayer;  associate lighting designer Peter Mitchell ‘16. Austin Lyric Opera. 1/19.

Christina Watanabe is about to embark on not one, but two Christmas Carols (White Heron Theatre Company and Florida Rep), then come back to NYC for The Truth about Santa, an apocalyptic Christmas musical. She's working with costume designer Angela Harner '12 on a series of plays on the topic of gun violence. December's episode called Armed will premiere at Teatro LaTea and next spring will evolve in to a fully staged production in the ARTNY Gural Theatre. Christina designed the lighting for the holiday windows at Ralph Lauren's flagship store on 72nd and Madison, which will be on display through the New Year. 

Christopher Young’s work designing the world-famous windows at the Tiffany & Co. New York flagship is the subject of a new 168 page book published by luxury publishing house Assouline, Windows at Tiffany & Co.  This special book offers a glimpse of the history of the renowned Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue flagship window displays, beginning with founder Charles Lewis Tiffany's vision and the groundbreaking work of Gene Moore, the book chronicles Tiffany windows from the 19th century through the modern and inventive displays Christopher oversees today.