Free-Standing Curved Staircase

Philip Grayson


For a production of A Streetcar Named Desire at James Madison University, Set Designer R. Lee Kennedy wanted a freestanding staircase that would have the look of New Orleans ironwork. It was also to be an open-camage design, i.e., it could have no external support other than the stage floor and a platform at the upper end. In addition, actors needed clear passage under it, and Lighting Designer Mark Darden wanted a clear view of the unit silhouetted against the cyc.

JMU students Kim Sprouse and Joel Moritz, who had taken on the project as part of an Advanced Technical Theatre course, found little help from theatrical source books: in them, Sprouse and Moritz found only closed-carriage designs, ...

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