|“From Slavery Through Reconstruction” by Aaron Douglas (1934)|
|Michael Raiford's set design.|
While the play generally takes place in the late 1940s when Miller wrote it, Masterson was interested in the overall production emphasizing the universality of the plays themes rather than an absolutely faithful historical reproduction. He and set designer Michael Raiford were inspired by the Brooklyn neighborhood setting and its increasing urban density as it encroaches upon the Loman’s diminutive home. Raiford abstracted the overlapping buildings, skylines, and fences of the city into the many linear angles and slats you can see in the set.
|Holly Poe Durbin's costume design for Willy|
Lighting designer Brian Lillenthal will set the mood and tone, working with rich light and the shadows cast by the set.
Costume designer Holly Poe Durbin is challenged with evoking the sense of the late 1940s and early 50s within this abstracted set. Sound designer and composer Jim Ragland will be creating a jazz infused score for the production.
Pictured: Initial ideas and renderings from Raiford and costume designer Holly Poe Durban. These are a starting point that will evolve over time until you see the final pieces at showtime.