As we head out of standard rehearsals and towards tech, we’re beginning to layer in more props and elements of “magic” into our work, as the designers refine them. Recently, we added Shiv’s pile of loot, assembled by Props Designer Liz Panneton, to the mix. Over the course of the play, Shiv’s raft/bed accumulates the detritus of her past: symbols of the psychic residue of post-colonialism, and an inheritance from her father. The trick is that each item is free-standing, and has to be balanced and constructed into a solid towering pile.
How do we do this?
With a loot map, of course.
(Some items are placeholders, but each gets added to the pile in the order that it’s numbered.)
Now just imagine it taller, and a lot shinier.