Summer 2019 Faculty Projects

Saturday, Aug 3, 2019


Jason Ardizzone-West is designing a new Blue Man Group national tour opening in Los Angeles in September; the world premiere of The Michaels, written & directed by Richard Nelson, opening at The Public Theater in October (Susan Hilferty, costume design); Once on this Island, directed by Robert Barry Fleming, a co-production between the Cincinnati Play House and Actors Theatre of Louisville; Native Gardens, directed by Robert Barry Fleming, opened at the Cleveland Playhouse in May, and a documentary series for Netflix (yet to be announced).

Brett J. Banakis is opening new Sherlock Holmes play at the Geffen Playhouse called Mysterious Circumstances, based on a New Yorker article of the same name. This fall, Brett is returning to the Geffen Playhouse with a new production of Macbeth starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. 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; and San Francisco, CA. Currently running: The Cher Show at the Neil Simon Theatre (co-design with Christine Jones ‘92), and The Enigmatist, a one-man Magic/Puzzles/Prestidigitation show, starring David Kwong, at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea.

Ellie Bye is the prop master for Working: A Musical at New York City Center.

M.L. Geiger is planning on working on relaxing and doing art projects… However, also lighting West Side Story in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre which opens June 8th. Until the Flood, Dael Orlandersmyth’s piece about Fergusson and the Michael Brown shooting, will be at the Galway Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and opening in London in September. And I forgot! Proof of Love, a world premiere produced by Audible at the Minetta Lane, (scenery by Alexis Distler ’08) ran through June! Paul Hackenmueller is designing Carmen at Seattle Opera with director Paul Curran and set and costume designer Gary McCann, as well as a production of Cosi fan tutte for Mill City Opera with director Crystal Manich. Spring and summer commercial work includes projects with multiple corporate clients including Radisson Hotel Group, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Helms Briscoe, Medtronic, and the Target Corporation Strategic Partner Meetings throughout the US and southeast Asia. Susan Hilferty is currently designing sets and costumes Blood Wedding at London’s Young Vic in the fall directed by Yaël Farber. She will also be preparing The Michaels written and directed by Richard Nelson, Aïda at the Metropolitan Opera, and Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Oskar Eustis. The Gate Theatre production of Hamlet with Hilferty’s set and costume designs will be performing at St. Anne’s Warehouse in January 2020. Currently running: The Oresteia written by Ellen McLaughlin and directed by Michael Kahn as his final production as artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, and La Traviata and Rigoletto in the Metropolitan Opera’s spring season.

Allen Lee Hughes is designing a new play, Toni Stone, by Lydia R. Diamond. The play, which is about a female baseball player who plays ball with the men of the Negro league, is directed by Pam MacKinnon and will start previews May 23rd and opens June 20th at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater. Christine Jones is currently working on a remount of an adaptation of Cyrano with music by The National. She is also designing Aida for The Metropolitan Opera with Susan Hilferty. Her public art installation Theatre for One will be happening at the Theatre for One in Cork, Ireland in June.

Rebecca Lord-Surratt is designing a short film, This is Our Time, written and directed by Alexander Dinelaris of Birdman, and designing Summer Shorts, an annual new play festival at 59e59 including works by Neil LaBute, Chris Bohjalian, Alexander Dinelaris and others. In August, she will be involved in various projects surrounding MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Ed McCarthy recently lit the NYC Ballet opening night Gala, and worked on the Tony Awards – his 20th year in a row. He’s also lighting a production of A Chorus Line this summer. After the Tony’s, he got onboard the Allure of the Seas to check up on his production of Mamma Mia!, then off to Hong Kong in early July to light The Heart of Robin Hood, co-designed with Ken Billington.

Chris Muller will be coming and going to Dubai to advance work on the 'Sustainability' Pavilion for the Dubai 2020 World Expo, now in its fabrication stage. Additionally he is beginning work on the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and continuing work on the new masterplan for the Philadelphia Zoo. Work will also advance on The Sweet Life, a new children's opera he is co-designing with Cait O'Connor '09. Somewhere in there, he hopes to find time to spend in the Catskills.

Paul Steinberg is preparing for the June/July workshop of Judgement Day by Odon Von Horvath at the Park Ave Armory directed by Richard Jones. The production opens in November.

Robert Wierzel 1. Blue, a new opera with music by Jeanine Tesori, libretto and direction by Tazewell Thompson; scenery by Donald Eastman; costumes by Jessica Jahn; World première. Glimmerglass Festival. 7/19. 2, The Ghosts Of Versailles, an opera with music by John Corigliano; libretto by William M. Hoffman; directed by Jay Lesenger; scenery by James Noone; costumes by Nancy Leary. A co-production with Glimmerglass Festival (7/19) & Château de Versailles Spectacles, Versailles, France. (11/19). 3. In development - Deep Blue Sea, a dance/performance piece directed & choreographed by Bill T. Jones and the BTJ/AZ Company. Decor by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R); projections by Peter Nigrini; costumes by Liz Prince; sound by Michael Lonergan and Sam Crawford. World Premiere at the Park Avenue Armory, 4/20.