Climbing The Ladder: Part II with David Korins

by Howard Sherman
Bridge and Tunnel (photo: Courtesy D. Korins)
Bridge and Tunnel (photo: Courtesy D. Korins)

 In the April issue of Stage Directions, set designer David Korins spoke about his biggest recent projects: The Hamilton Exhibition, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Beetlejuice. This month we conclude our conversation looking at his training and the development of his career leading up to those shows. (Ed.Note-This interview has been edited and condensed for space and clarity)

Curators of Everyday Objects: The Work of Prop Masters

by Larry Heyman
in Props
Armillary sphere circa 1775 made by Charles Lincoln in London (photo:National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection)
Armillary sphere circa 1775 made by Charles Lincoln in London (photo:National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection)

In Uncle Vanya, a character comes onstage, moves to the sideboard and takes the small brass teapot from its perch atop a samovar. She adds tea, decants water from the spout on the side, pauses and pours tea into a low, wide teacup. The cup is large, not modern, with a matching saucer... and on the edge of the saucer she places a large lump of sugar. When the tea is served, the lump is placed carefully in one’s mouth, as one sips the hot, dark tea. It’s a ritual. It is something no longer done. But to someone in the audience, it is a memory. A tiny piece of a long-forgotten reality.