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Sneak Peek: Plays by Young Writers by Design

April 19, 2012

The designers are hard at work in tech this week, getting ready for the 27th season of Plays by Young Writers and the first production of senior Reflections, so we decided to give you a sneak peek at what they’re doing.  Two veterans to Playwrights Project, sound designer Matt Lescault-Wood and properties mistress Angelica Ynfante return to the festival again this year. Multi-talented Ruff Yeager lends his musical talent to the design team as well; Ruff  composed the music for the play he directs, Hallowed by Caleb Roitz.  Three of our designers are new to Playwrights Project, but they are not new to each other — they have worked together on previous shows and all three come from the Masters of Fine Arts program at San Diego State University:  Brian Redfern, Sonia Lerner, and Luke Olson.  We’re honored to welcome them to Playwrights Project’s company, and we know you’ll be impressed by their exquisite designs.


Left to right: Matt Lescault-Wood, Angelica Ynfante, Brian Redfern, Sonia Lerner, and Luke Olson present a rendering of the set.

The set designer, Brian Redfern, had a challenging task creating a space that could camouflage between eight different plays. That’s right, EIGHT different plays! (Four scripts from Plays by Young Writers and four scripts from Lifestages Reflections, which will rotate in repertory.) The picture below depicts a scene from Hallowed, one of the full productions you’ll see in Plays by Young Writers. Isn’t it gorgeous?!


The sketch below shows Sonia’s first rendering of costumes for American Idyll. And here’s a glimpse of a rehearsal to show how they unfolded from paper to the stage!


Rachael VanWormer and J. Tyler Jones in rehearsal. Photo by Chelsea Whitmore.

Our sound designer, Matt Lescault-Wood created unique transition music for futuristic American Idyll. Click here to preview what you’ll hear!

Plays by Young Writers will open Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. The evening will include two staged readings and two full productions. Lifestages Reflections opens Sunday, April 22 at 2:00pm. Following the two opening performances, a reception will be held in the lobby of the Theatre. Can’t wait to see you in the audience! Purchase tickets now.

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