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Evita

Cape Rep Theater

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Evita

Cape Rep Theater

I  had the pleasure of collaborating with the talented Bill Roudebush and all of the wonderful folks at Cape Rep Theater on Evita.  What a beautiful production.  It opened to critical acclaim from all over.
Executing both lighting and projection design was no small task. Cape Rep has a small and challenging space and Bill’s visions are always challenging and never small.  With the help of James Dardenne’s black set cloaked in black scrim we were able to use 4Elation moving lights to carve out and expose the life of Eva Peron from her glorious rainbow tour to her dark moments in the eyes of her detractors.
I’m constantly upgrading my skills on various tools of our trade.  This was my first projection design.  The projections for Evita were executed on a Hippotizer V3 Rackoon which allowed me to transform and adapt historical photos and film of Eva Peron herself to help inform the production.  During the last few moments of the show as the crowd of children sing “Santa Evita” we projected the actual footage of her massive funeral parade through Buenos Aires.  As her casket passed by in the film, Che broke into the projection to be lit by the black and white film while escorting the actress and her coffin onto the stage.  It was a stunning moment where everything was in sync and it left the audience breathless.
 (Special thanks to Susan Nicholson, John Dunn  Elation, Chris (Chippa) Curran and Allison Sulock from TMB, and Nick Gonsman ETC, Jerry Romano Worldstage. )