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A Raisin in the Sun
Nashville Repertory Theatre, 2017

The starting place for the lighting in this production originates in the evocative descriptions in Hansberry's script. Although she writes of dreary, dusky, sullen, and grey light, the play contains moments of joy as well as despair which are reflected in the light. The lighting shifted composition and color depending upon the time of day and emotional content of the scenes. The sound for the play included music from Chicago's thriving blues scene and also environmental sounds around the apartment: neighbors moving around in other apartments and sounds from the street of cars and children playing.

This design was recognized by First Night Nashville Theatre Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design in 2018.

African Music -
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Odun De! Odun De! - Olatunji
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SQ 33 - 35
Record player needle dropped
and African music plays for 
Beneatha's, and later Watler's,
exultant dancing.
After Hours - Erskine Hawkins
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SQ 64 - 65
Music on record player for Ruth and 
Walter's romantic dance. 
To see more about how I developed the lighting and audio designs for this production, please see the process pages for each. 
Director: Rene Copeland
Set Designer: Gary Hoff
Costume Designer: Trish Clark
Lighting Designer: Phillip Franck
Sound Designer: Phillip Franck
Photographs: Phillip Franck