Entertainment | Theatre |

Four Places

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater | Chicago, IL | 2009

Four Places, written by playwright Joel Drake Johnson and directed by Sandy Shinner, is a play about two adult children going to lunch with their aging mother.

What It Was

Four Places, written by playwright Joel Drake Johnson and directed by Sandy Shinner, is a play about two adult children going to lunch with their aging mother. Four scenes are performed as the mechanized stage moved from stage left, through center stage, to stage right, and back, as the action progressed.

What We Did

Lightswitch provided theatrical lighting design services for the production, requiring an understanding of how to create the feel of architectural lighting under the constraints of a theater setting. As one scene changed to the next, all four scenes had to be lit realistically and maintain the feel they had on center stage, even when moved to stage left or right. The multitude of lights needed to create all four scenes center stage required careful overlap and stacking of lighting fixtures in the catwalks.

Why It Worked

A successful theatrical production allows the audience members to peer into the lives of the characters on stage, as if the 4th wall has been removed. Believable and appropriate lighting plays a critical role in maintaining the connection between the actors and the audience. Lightswitch used our architectural and theatrical lighting expertise to achieve a lighting design which worked practically within the theater, and magically on stage.