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Video Published: 14 Jun 2019

2019 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase: The Rape of Lucretia

This production is a contemporary reading of The Rape of Lucretia, with theatrical construction that engages with the formality and brutality of the subject matter. The space is a blank room with four benches, a collection of objects (both symbolic and practical), and two flower beds. Though functionally abstract, the room, through its antiseptic architectural and textural qualities, references an art gallery, a scientific laboratory and a shrine of memory. The theatrical language is dual: at times rigorously illustrating the actions of the text and at other times bending toward an image-based, symbolic interpretation of the events.

See a production presentation from one of the most promising young director-designer teams in the United States. The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase is a biennial competition that identifies emerging director-designer teams, each of which has developed a production proposal from a diverse list of operas. Made possible by a generous grant from the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Marcus Shields, director
Ryan Howell, scenic and costume design
Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting design