On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Hewes Design Awards - 1989
Designing throughout the US, Canada and Europe, his productions range from avant-garde collaborations with Philip Glass, Allen Ginsberg and Lou Reed to pop concerts for Madonna and Paul Simon; from the classic world of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Verdi’s Macbeth to contemporary operas such as John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles and Jonathan Dove’s Flight; from big budget musicals like Kiss of the Spider Woman, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame to more intimate theatricals such as Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires and the traveling stage circus Cirque Ingenieux.
In addition to Musical Theater and Opera, he has designed multimedia installations and shows for museums and other cultural institutions. Freedom Rising at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia gives the American Constitution both a historical and contemporary context. The video finale for the Hershey Park’s Chocolate World Tour Ride, Hershey, Pennsylvania provides a whimsical ride through a landscape of American iconography.
Projects combining direction and scenic design include the European premiere of John Corigliano’s opera The Ghosts of Versailles, Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Kinkakuji (from the novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Mishima) for New York City Opera, and the world premiere of Marilyn — an opera by Ezra Laderman based on the last months of Marilyn Monroe’s life.