FAILURE: A LOVE STORY
Assistant Scenic Designer
Failure: A Love Story by Phillip Dawkins
Minh Ha (Millie) Le
Design Mentor: Lee Keenan
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO 2018-2019 SEASON
WE ARE THE HOPEFUL:
Exploring Mental Health through Design
Mental health is a huge passion of mine, and when presented with the opportunity to propose a project that combined mental health and design, I jumped. At its core, HOPEFUL was a design-based exploration looking at the intersection of mental health and theatre. Our main goal was to take the emotions inside your head and pull them out into the theatre space. As the project lead, I selected my team of designers, who met before the official rehearsal period started, led auditions for actors, designed on two pieces, did stage manager duties like creating calendars, daily calls, and rehearsal reports, and ultimately had the final say in piece concepts and execution.
In addition to producing and stage managing this project, Lee and I created a rep plot for a proscenium set-up in the underground theatre. I created the lighting design for "And We Ring, Inescapable," based on a spoken word poem by one of our peers. Our main theme was to create an anxiety-filled theatre space, similar to the tone of the poem itself. I also created the sound design for "Closure," which was an exploration of getting through depression and making it out on the other side. Here, we combined the lighting designer's personal writings with poems from my favorite poet, Andrea Gibson.
BY THE NUMBERS
There were 9 designers, who paired up in groups of one lighting designer and one sound designer
Total of 7 pieces
We auditioned and cast 9 actors, most in two pieces each
14 days of rehearsal in space
See paperwork for my stage manager contributions below!