Scenic design for The Birds (BDA_US07)

     
Themes of destruction and rebirth in The Birds drew me to devastation and resurrection of cities and buildings around the world, chiefly old theatres.  The concept uses these themes and ideas in a found space (a condemned theatre or closed warehouse) with structural and mobile scaffolding, a crane, and constructed rubble to create an all inclusive environment—including spectators in scaffolding.  The actors are able to direct all free structures each night to adapt to the performance as fit.  The focal structure on the “stage” rises from a hole for the opening, when the characters are closer to Athens; and lower into the ground when reaching towards the sky.  Finally, the wall is depicted by tension netting, strung by the actors out over the house. 
 
 
Andrew Kaufman, USA    
University of Oregon