For the third year running, WSU School of Design and Construction students are collaborating with WSU Performing Arts to design and build sets for the WSUPA spring theater production. This year, the production is play based upon the one-act comedy written by Neil Simon.
David Drake, Fabrication Labs Manager and faculty member was the set designer for the play; students Carson Davis, Cody Kotrlik, Kim Lawrence, and Jared Milne were design assistants and build team as part of an Architecture 499 Theater Set Design-Build course. Graduate student Ann-Jeannette Seymour plays the Mariette.
The collaboration between SDC and Performing Arts is noteworthy for a number of reasons. The VCEA/SDC Fabrication Labs offer a level of professional expertise and equipment (including digital fabrication with 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling) previously unavailable to WSUPA productions, and SDC students assisting the set designer are able to apply the design and planning skills they’ve learned to a real-world project demanding teamwork, rigorous attention to detail, and strict adherence to budget and time constraints.
Collaborations in prior years (for the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in spring 2014 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in spring 2015) have garnered Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Drake and his student assistants. This year’s production will also be submitted to the festival.