Build it and they will come!
Intriguing things are happening in stage design around here. For the Curio Theatre Company production of Waiting for Godot, running through March 4, Paul Kuhn is both the co-lead, playing Estragon — and also the set designer, creating a fourth-wall-busting tree of recycled materials.
Kuhn describes "an enormous, jutting tree, with a canopy that goes over the entire audience. It was exhausting to build, three months of solid work, reusing materials." A brother-in-law brings Friday truck deliveries of castoff set pieces from TV shows like USA Network's Mr. Robot or Power on Starz. Kuhn speaks with pride of the "old plastic conduit we've heated and bent with a heat gun, irregular pieces of raw muslin that would have been thrown away. On this set, we're probably hitting around the 80 percent mark with reusing materials."