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Inheritance

; A Work In Progress

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In a nutshell,
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Devised Work | Lighting Design

Inheritance is a collaboratively devised work produced by UNC School of the Arts (School of Drama & School of Design And Production) that examined this thought:

 

"In isolation, we often struggle with ourselves and the people around us; it can be a pressure cooker. Meanwhile, outside our windows, something is brewing – protests, a pandemic, an election, climate change, and weather events. It can feel like the world is on fire and everything is crumbling. Do we have the power to change any of that?” - Andy Paris

 

Unlike a "traditional" theatrical design process the performers and creative team had to build the script and develop ideas collaboratively and on a tight schedule. With less than two months to create a first iteration, we dove into working immediately. 

Creative Process

The Lighting Design Perspective

Roughly a month into the devising process, we confirmed our location for this iteration: The Historic Brookstown Inn - A landmark in Winston-Salem NC, with a rich history of its past life as a cotton and textile mill. Over the course of two weeks, the production electrician (George Meltzer)  and I took some equipment to the location to find interesting textures and angles that would help aid in the story we were writing, as well as tell the story of the building's history 

After completing a load of light tests and texture studies, I worked with the creative team to consolidate the visuals we found the most compelling to share with our audience. 

I began to refine my research and move forward with the lighting and atmosphere design with this concept in mind:

Inheritance is a metaphorical looking glass that examines the lives of six characters, struggling with the present-day world around them. Isolation, Fear, and loss- all under the veil of a global pandemic, systemic racism, and social injustice. As we see these characters through the windows of the historic Brookstown facade, a past era emerges, and we are surrounded by what this building used to be: an early 19th-century cotton mill, built by marginalized individuals, who lived lives that were strikingly similar to the ones of the characters in the windows. A nod to the past, to encourage change for the future.

Production Team

Produced By the North Carolina School Of The Arts

Conceived by

Eliza Kelley

Directed by

Andy Paris

Assistant Director and Dramaturg by

Eliza Kelley

Written by

Murphy Applin | Acadia Barrengos | Reagan Carstens

Luke Klein | Deandre Savon | Mimi Viglietti

Scenic Designer

Romello Huins

Lighting Designer

Jake Frizzelle

Properties Director

Adia Matousek

Costume Designer

Melissa Thurn
 

Sound Designer

John Schirillo

 

Wig & Makeup Designer

Abby Eubanks

 

Production Manager

Joel Magill

 

Production Stage Manager

Carson Roxanne Gantt

Vocal Coach

Robin ChristianMcNair

 

Assistant Properties Director

Amy Laliberty

 

Lead Artisan

Tatum Eyre

Properties Artisans 

Nat Carreiro | Brooke Downing | Praveer Gangwani 

Audrey Harms | Becca Morgan | Cas O'Neal 

Mackenzie Potter | Emma Thomas | Gabe Weis

 

Props Run Crew

Mahalet Andrachew | Megan DeVolder | Cayman Raff

 

Head Sound Engineer(A1)

Nora Cuthbertson

 

Deck Sound Engineer (A2)

Dylan Schoolfield

 

Deck Sound Engineer (A3)

Talia Whitehead

Assistant Production Manager

John Poindexter

 

Assistant Stage Manager 

Lindsey Cope | Quinn Mishra

 

Assistant Sound Designer 

Kelsie Grigg

 

Costume Designer Assistants 

Molly Klemm | Maureen Wynne

 

Assistant Wig and Makeup Designer 

Cheyenne Hart

 

Production Assistants

Alex Magallanes | Omar Sosa

 

Production Electrician 

George Meltzer

 

Head Electrician

Haley Burdette

 

Assistant Head Electrician

Jacob Gerber

 

Programmer 

Jacob Rodgers

 

Electricians 

Izzy Fores | Taylor Gordon | Sara Green | Abigail Hall | Grey Nicholson | Harrison Reid | Stephen Smart

 

Costume Shop Manager

Rebecca Eckes

 

Drapers 

Lily Mateus | Maggie Tennant

 

First Hand 
Chloe Walters

 

Stitchers

Marquita Horton | Abbey Maruyama | Megan Peck

 

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jenna Travis

 

Wardrobe Assistant

Molly Klemm

 

Wardrobe

Abbey Maruyama | Will Wharton

 

Wig & Makeup Shop Manager

Cassie Richardson

 

Assistant Wig & Makeup Shop Manager

Abby Eubanks

 

Wig & Makeup Build Crew

JoAnn Battat | Dustin Kirby | Nic See | Madison Skinner |
 

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Exhibition Photography

Photography by Peter Mueller & Jake Frizzelle