Title

17,000 BRICKS

Presentation Type

Poster

Abstract

Anyone in their right mind would choose bricks and steel over plywood and cheesecloth as the materials best suited for constructing a warehouse—unless, of course, that someone worked in the theatre business.

This June marks the 11th annual Prague Quadrennial—an international exhibition held every four years in Prague in which countries from around the globe gather to show off the best of theatre design. Eight students and two professors from University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance were selected to construct, ship, and facilitate the United State’s exhibit for this years’ exhibition, and we are two members of that production team.

Construction on the exhibit—a grungy, life-size warehouse—began in the fall of 2010. Our free time has been spent building faux brick walls (out of plywood and cheesecloth), constructing display cases and tables, painting and texturing every available surface, as well as many other numerous jobs. Over the course of the semester, we gained invaluable knowledge concerning various theatrical construction and painting techniques, as well as a deep appreciation for the value of teamwork.

In this presentation, we will provide the group with background knowledge about the Prague Quadrennial and the prestige and responsibility that comes with this project, inform them about the production process and the multiple steps involved in the construction, and explain the importance of this exhibition to ourselves, the production team, the University of Montana and the United States.

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17,000 BRICKS

UC South Ballroom

Anyone in their right mind would choose bricks and steel over plywood and cheesecloth as the materials best suited for constructing a warehouse—unless, of course, that someone worked in the theatre business.

This June marks the 11th annual Prague Quadrennial—an international exhibition held every four years in Prague in which countries from around the globe gather to show off the best of theatre design. Eight students and two professors from University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance were selected to construct, ship, and facilitate the United State’s exhibit for this years’ exhibition, and we are two members of that production team.

Construction on the exhibit—a grungy, life-size warehouse—began in the fall of 2010. Our free time has been spent building faux brick walls (out of plywood and cheesecloth), constructing display cases and tables, painting and texturing every available surface, as well as many other numerous jobs. Over the course of the semester, we gained invaluable knowledge concerning various theatrical construction and painting techniques, as well as a deep appreciation for the value of teamwork.

In this presentation, we will provide the group with background knowledge about the Prague Quadrennial and the prestige and responsibility that comes with this project, inform them about the production process and the multiple steps involved in the construction, and explain the importance of this exhibition to ourselves, the production team, the University of Montana and the United States.