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DESIGNER STATEMENTS


TRACY CHRISTENSEN—COSTUME DESIGN I had never seen the film Scotland, PA, so I came to this project completely fresh and found it enthralling!


Every show I design begins with a conversation. I sit with the director (Lonny Price), who shares with me his impressions, his feelings, what he thinks the major themes are, and what he wants the tone of the piece to be. I go away and start doing research, taking into consideration who the characters are, what they want, what they value, their means, where they get their clothes from. One main reason behind the events in this musical is that Mac and Pat have reached the end of their twenties and they’re totally over living in a trailer and working at a fast-food restaurant. They’ve hit a point in their lives where they want more and have to figure out how that can happen. So, my research centers on regular people from middle America circa 1975—lots of photos of real people instead of fashion images.


Lonny and I then look at the research together, and he responds to specific images. I slowly start to get my bearings as to what the design of the show is from a conceptual point of view and begin to identify looks that represent who these characters are.


As a team, we have been having a lot of conversations around the characters of the three stoners, who are representative of the three witches from Macbeth, and the idea of choice vs destiny— it’s a major theme in Shakespeare’s play that is also presented here. For the purposes of our discussions, destiny is something to really consider and contemplate as something you believe in or something you don’t, and this has a huge impact on my design.


Despite the Roundabout being an incredibly generous producer, I am working within fiscal parameters—I have to be clever about finding solutions to the requirements of this piece that are within the means of the budget and the theatre space itself. My job is to be support for the play, the writers, the actors, my director, and certainly my producers.


JEANETTE YEW—LIGHTING DESIGN


I am really familiar with the movie on which this musical is based, and I am excited by how deeply the musical dives into the interior of the characters. For me, the themes of the musical are global. It asks us to evaluate the line between “wants” and “needs,” which constitutes the bedrock of desire. Having desire


Costume Design Sketches by Tracy Christensen for Scotland, PA


18 ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY


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