Backstage Video: Scenic Painting the Drop for Crimes of the Heart

by Stage Directions

Here’s a backstage video from the Alley Theatre of Alley scenic artist Francisco Robledo working on the Mississippi sky backdrop for the Alley's produciton of Crimes of the Heart, which recently closed on May 5th.  

Over three weeks, Robledo starched, cartooned, and painted the backdrop with a cup-gun by mixing the paint in the air. It was painted with translucency so, with lighting, the backdrop transitioned into morning, afternoon, and evening looks. The scenic design for Crimes of the Heart is by Alexander Dodge and the lighting design is by Philip S. Rosenberg. Others on the creative and production team included: Costume Designer Tilly Grimes; Sound Designer M.L. Dogg; Stage Manager Rebecca R.D. Hamlin; and Assistant Stage Manager Emily Bohannan.