Next to Normal
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My design for Next to Normal renders a realistic depiction of Dan and Diana’s house in order to achieve an enhanced emotional response from the audience. My goal was to create a space with so much detail that individual audience members would not be able to process everything, just as Diana sees images that others in her world do not. The walls of the living room are internally lit in obscure patterns as Diana has delusions and thoughts of her deceased son. Additionally, objects and set dressing (Diana’s memories) flood the set in act one, and are removed from the space at intermission as Diana receives ECT and loses much of her past life.
|University of Pennsylvania, Front Row Theatre Company. Director: Grace Mattes|
Preshow/Just Another Day
Who’s Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist
I Miss the Mountains
I Am the One
Super Boy and the Invisible Girl
Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I’m Falling
I Dreamed a Dance
Wish I Were Here
Better Than Before
Why Stay/A Promise
I Am the One (Reprise)
Ground Plan with Magic Wall Sightlines