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Rooms

New World Stages

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Rooms

New World Stages

Rooms: A Rock Romance was a 2009 Off-Broadway musical, which opened to a slew of good reviews. The show, follows the off-and-on romance of Monica and Ian, wannabe rock stars from Glasgow It’s the late 1970s and, restyled as a punk duo, they write a hit song. The script follows their relationship past and present.

This, two-character story takes place in dozens of locations in Glasgow, London, and New York. The lighting sketches in various locations, including street scenes in Glasgow, London, and New York, various homes, performance spaces, and backstage at CBGB’s.

We created over 35 distinct locations achieving most of them using texture, color temperature and gobos.

The director (Scott Schwartz) and I decided early on that squares would be used heavily to represent rooms and isolation.

Conceptually the show is about Monica who wants to see every room in the universe and escape Glasgow, While all Ian wants is to stay isolated in his own place until Monica drags him out of his shell. This allows us to create a feeling of freedom and openness for Monica as she paces her moon strewn room, while bathed in textures that evoke swirling galaxies, Concurrently Ian is trapped by squares of light that shutter kinetically and keep him isolated throughout the show.