October 2019 Faculty Projects

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019


What the faculty are currently doing – ask them about their work!

Brett J. Banakis is currently developing The Devil Wears Prada, co-design with Christine Jones ‘92, set for an out-of-town tryout in Chicago summer 2020; as well as Three Sisters, co-design with Andrew Lieberman, directed by Sam Gold, at New York Theater Workshop; The Cher Show national tour, co-design with Christine Jones ‘92; An Officer and a Gentleman national tour, directed by Dick Scanlan; and The Enigmatist, a one-man Magic/Puzzles/Prestidigitation show, starring David Kwong, which is returning in November to the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. 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 Hamburg, Germany; San Francisco, CA; and Toronto, Canada.  Currently running: Sunday, written by Jack Thorne and directed by Lee Sunday Evans at the Atlantic Theater Company.

M.L. Geiger is lighting Murder on the Orient Express at the Delaware Rep in October. It should be a fun and romantic mystery play!

Paul Hackenmueller just completed production on Target Corporation’s annual Fall National Meetings in Minneapolis with Target’s internal marketing agency. The private event includes an audience of around 20,000 people at multiple venues with an annual production budget of $18+ million. This year, Target sponsored a recent 2019 alumni to join the Target creative team in designing lighting for one of the meeting’s theatrical venues - a direct extension of the classwork from the Lighting Studio course. In October, Paul begins production at The Dallas Opera for The Golden Cockerel with director Paul Curran, alumni and projection designer Driscoll Otto, and set and costume designer Gary McCann. 

Susan Hilferty’s set and costume design for Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding can be seen at London’s Young Vic directed by Yaël Farber and adapted by Irish writer Marina Carr. She is currently designing costumes for The Michaels, written and directed by Richard Nelson (set by Jason Ardizzone-West ’12, co-costume designer Mark Koss ‘13), and Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Oskar Eustis (co-costume designer Sarita Fellows ‘08). She is preparing Aïda for the Metropolitan Opera directed by Michael Mayer (sets by Christine Jones ‘92). The Gate Theatre production of Hamlet with Hilferty’s set and costume designs will be performing at St. Anne’s Warehouse in January 2020.

Christine Jones is co-designing with Amy Rubin ‘12 a remount of an adaptation of Cryano, with music by The National for The New Group. In addition, she has started designing with Brett Banakis ‘10 The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Elton John. Her set for AIDA, which will open in September 2020, is being built at The Metropolitan Opera. She has also begun designing a new play by Noah Haidle called Birthday Candles for The Roundabout. She is an artist in residence at The Park Avenue Armory where she is developing a dance piece with music by Jonsi.

Hugh Landwehr is designing a new play, Starter Pistol, at Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, written by Michael Gotch and directed by Mark Lamos. Tricia Barsamian ‘07 will design costumes and Pat Collins will design lights. Director and all three designers worked on Michael Gotch’s play Minor Fantastical Kingdoms last season and will remount that play in May at the Westport Playhouse in Connecticut.

Ed McCarthy just lit the opening galas for the Metropolitan Opera and NY City Ballet this past week. Heading to the heartland (Iowa) next week to light a production of Peter Brook’s Tragedie de Carmen.

Maggie Raywood is preparing for sabbatical and planning research trips to the Drexel Institute Costume collection as well as continuing her Acton dress research in Florence. It's also the time of year for fall garden work, getting the gardens of various clients put to bed for the winter. 

Robert Wierzel is working on Rigoletto, music by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Tomer Zvulun, conducted by Patrick Summers, scenery by Erhard Rom ’92, costumes by Jessica Jahn, Houston Grand Opera. He is in pre-production for Shout Sister Shout!, a new musical inspired by Gayle Wald’s book of the same name, music by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, co-creator and book by Cheryl L. West, co-creator and direction by Randy Johnson, music direction by Sheilah Walker, choreography by William Carlos Angulo, scenery by Skip GW Mercier, costumes by Emilio Sosa, sound by Joanna Lynne Staub, projections by Kwame Braun, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre with additional support by Bev Ragavoy and Dawn Smalberg.