The Story Doesn't Stop for the Scene Change

Michael Eddy

Scenic Transitions: A discussion with scenic designer Dane Laffrey 

Scenic and costume designer Dane Laffrey is based in New York City, but his work has taken him to Japan, Australia and Norway. In fact, after he studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Laffrey moved to Sydney for a number of years to study at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. His numerous professional credits include many regional theaters and off-Broadway work. His current Broadway work saw him receive his first Tony Award nomination for the set design for the revival of Once on This Island playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Stage Directions recently caught up with Laffrey to discuss some of his thoughts on the scenic design considerations around transitions in a piece.

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Jones’ Potter set in the Lyric Theatre
Jones’ Potter set in the Lyric Theatre

Conjuring the Potterverse: Christine Jones Imagines the World of Harry Potter for the Stage

Howard Sherman

When it began in England two years ago, set designer Christine Jones was charged by director and co-conciever John Tiffany to create a visual world for the eighth Harry Potter tale, the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. A smash in London, it arrived on Broadway last month as the most expensive play in Broadway history. During previews it has already set Broadway box office records. Plans are already well underway for it to reach Australia next year. Having done undergraduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, after which she received her MFA from New York University, Jones made her professional debut in 1992 with a production of Tartuffe at Hartford Stage, and has gone on to numerous credits in regional theater, Off-Broadway, opera and Broadway, including the musicals Hands on a Hardbody, Spring Awakening and American Idiot. She sat down to talk about the world of Harry Potter and her design career in mid-April, just ahead of the American opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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