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Tamara L. Honesty
Picnic

Author: Tamara L. Honesty

Performance space: Patricia Corbett Theatre

Theatre company/company produced for: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Month & year of original production: April 22-25, 2010

Description of items intended for exhibition:
Model
Drawing

Project description:
The scenic design journey had many twists & turns including a change in the director. The initial director & I began with the world the playwright describes as existing “on the porches and in the yards of two small houses that sit close together in a small Kansas town.” It is an extremely realistic representation of houses and yards. The idea of the women being trapped in this world manifested itself in the first design for this production. There is a desire to get away and find meaning in their lives. The relationship of the houses to each other created the feeling that it takes a great deal of effort to escape. Three weeks later, there was a change in director & a detour from the anticipated course of the preliminary scenic design when the concept of expansive and “someone could be blown away at a moment’s notice” surfaced. With these simple words, an exciting and less traveled road unfolded in front of us. The result is an airy representation of realistic porches & yards.

Artform:
Set Design

Designers:
Set designer: Tamara L. Honesty
Costume designer: Amanda Janke
Lighting designer: Michael Wolmer
Sound designer: Valerie Lawrence
Director/choreographer: Richard Hess
Other creative collaborators: Paul Martin, Technical Director; Kate Mulhauser, Assistant Scenic Designer/Model Builder; and Karestin Harrison, Prop Master

Image gallery

Tamara L. Honesty - Picnic

Picnic Evolution of Model and Design
The evolution of the scenic design. Photos by Tamara L. Honesty and Mark Lyons

Tamara L. Honesty - Picnic

Picnic Production Photos 1
Production photos showcasing the airy representation of reality. Photos by Mark Lyons

Tamara L. Honesty - Picnic

Picnic Production Photos 2
Production photos showcasing the airy representation of reality. Madge is having her party dress altered. Photos by Mark Lyons

Tamara L. Honesty - Picnic

Picnic Production Photos 3
Production photos showcasing the airy representation of reality. Hal is the storm that blows in to sweep the characters away. Photos by Mark Lyons

Tamara L. Honesty - Picnic

Picnic Production Photos 4
Production photos showcasing the airy representation of reality. Millie is sketching Hal in the quiet before the storm. Photo by Mark Lyons

Tamara L. Honesty - Picnic

Picnic Production Photo 5
Production photos showcasing the airy representation of reality. The beginning of the show when the characters are unaware of the storm that is about to blow them away. Photo by Mark Lyons

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