November 2018 Faculty Projects

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Brett J. Banakis and Christine Jones are in tech rehearsals for The Cher Show, based on the life of - and featuring the music of - Cher, at the Neil Simon Theatre. This fall, Brett is continuing design work 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: Renascence, a new musical based on the life and poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, at Abrons Art Center / Transport Group.

ML Geiger
In November, ML is designing the lighting for Annie at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. They are using Beowulf Borritt’s set! Also, she is preparing a new play for the Denver Center Theatre in January. 

Paul Hackenmueller is currently designing Il Bravo, L’ Oracolo, and Mala Vita for The Wexford Festival’s 67th season opening at the end of October. Paul is also in production for the annual Target Corporation National Sales Meeting and beginning pre-production for the company’s annual Asia partner summits in Hong Kong next year. Pre-production design work is also beginning for the new musical Ever After at the Alliance Theater with Robert Wierzel.

Susan Hilferty is designing costumes for La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera opening  December 4, Met Live 15 December (Michael Mayer, director, Christine Jones ’92, set designer) and sets and costumes for Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena at the Signature Theatre (Amith Chandrashaker ‘12, lighting designer). Her work can currently be seen Hamlet (set and costume designer) at the Gate Theatre in Dublin directed by Yaël Farber with Ruth Negga playing Hamlet; Uncle Vanya: Scenes from Country Life in Four Acts a Hunter Theatre Project production (Co- costume designer with Mark Koss ’13, with set designed by Jason Ardizzone-West ’12); and Turn Me Loose at the Arena Theatre in DC (Associate Designer Sarita Fellows ’08); and October 30th is the 15th anniversary of the opening of Wicked on Broadway!

Allen Lee Hughes just opened Sweat at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  The play was directed by Loretta Greco with Set Design by Andrew Boyce, Projection Design by Hana S. Kim, Costume Design by Ulises Alcala, and Sound Design by Jake Rodriguez. He remains on sabbatical for the fall semester.

James F. Ingalls is working on Waiting for Godot at John Jay starting November 2nd; Only The Sound Remains at the Rose/Jazz at Lincoln Center November 17th and 18th; Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/LA the week of November 26th [teching a new tree transition].

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.

Chris Muller presented a new Master Plan for the Philadelphia Zoo, is continuing work on a prison museum proposal, and beginning the Fabrication Supervision phase for a pavilion for the 2020 Dubai World Expo. He also is working at completing his Stonewall Uprising Trading Cards in time for the 50th anniversary of the event next summer.

Peter Nigrini is soon wrapping up work on the Tryout of BeetleJuice in Washington DC and then moving on to Man in the Ring at the The Huntington Theatre Company.  For the spring, he is preparing to bring BeetleJuice and Ain’t Too Proud to Broadway and he is just getting started on Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise for the inaugural season at The Shed.

Paul Steinberg is currently working with Daniel Fish designing a staged oratorio inspired by the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe by Bryce Dessner which will be presented at BAM and other venues in the US and Europe starting in Spring 2019. Other projects in Paul’s studio are Judgement Day by Odon Von Horvath directed by Richard Jones produced by the Park Ave Armory, November 2019; The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Theater of St Louis directed by Mark Lamos, May 2019 and the transfer of The Twilight Zone adapted by Ann Washburn directed by Richard Jones to the West End, February 2019.

Robert Wierzel is working on 1. 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. Washington National Opera. 2. In pre-production 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. Produced by Kevin McCollum (Alchemation LLC), Sandra Coudert Graham and Philip Morgaman (PEMThree Productions), with the Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta.