August 8, 2012

Our visit to DC's Studio Theatre for INVISIBLE MAN.

Contributed by Justin Seward, Asst. Props Master 

This past week our Asst. Technical Director Dan Oleksy and I took a trip to Washington, DC to visit our friends at the Studio Theatre, who are currently building our co-production of Invisible Man, an adaptation of Ralph Ellison's novel by Oren Jacoby, A co-production allows multiple theatres to join its resources and budgets, as well as actors, artists, and staff in order to produce the best possible production. Scenic designer Troy Hourie recently visited our prop stock to choose items for the production. Last Wednesday morning (August 1), the prop shop loaded the Huntington van with props and set dressing for the journey to DC. 

I met Studio Theatre's Props Master Deb Thomas on Thursday afternoon to unload.  Afterward, she gave me a tour of their great facility.  At the same time Dan O. visited the scene shop to check out the progress of the set construction. The Huntington’s BU Theatre is very different from the Studio’s theatre, so both scene shops face a bit of a challenge to make sure the show fits properly into both spaces.
That night, I was lucky enough to see Studio's production of “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” which was fantastic. The Studio’s run of Invisible Man begins Sept 5th After DC, the production will be packed and shipped to Boston where we will then load it into the BU Theatre for its Huntington run.  It's already shaping up to be a fantastic production. 

As a bonus, I was able to stay with my brother and sister-in-law in Gaithersburg, MD... and see my new nephew, Huey!

The Huntington Theatre Company's production of INVISIBLE MAN by Oren Jacoby runs January 4 through February 3, 2013 on the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.  Tickets and information here or call our Box Office at 617 266 0800.

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