MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rob Kahn
LIGHTING and SOUND DESIGN
Excerpt from DIRECTORS NOTE:"Although set in Vienna, Shakespeare obviously intended the play to reflect conditions in the London of his time, a fact immediately recognizable to his audience. For this reason, I have chosen to set our production in a time and place that is similarly familiar to many of us: Washington DC today. In a world beset by crisis, what kinds of authority should be given to our political leaders, and what exactly is a “just” punishment? What is the balance between justice and mercy? Between sensuality and rationality? Between duty to God and duty to family? What constitutes abuse of power? How are the traditional role models of men and women changing? These questions won’t necessarily be answered for you by the end of the play: my hope is that you continue to question these ideas and create a dialogue in order to reflect upon where our society stands today. "-Rob Kahn
CONCEPT: For my lighting and sound design I wanted to bring in the contemporary nature of the concept while allowing the mood of certain scenes to subtly creep in. I did this with colors for light and with underscoring for the special scenes. In addition, my pre-show music was indicative of Americana and happy times while my intermission spoke more to the darker side of our country and its politics.