ACRES OF DIAMONDS
Produced by Brenna McDuffy and
Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic club
Written and directed by Andy Boyd
My Role in the production:
My experience in theater has given me the ability to work with a team to see projects through to completion. I was responsible for leading the concept and design discussions, producing final drawings and construction documents, as well as leading the build process. The set was designed over the course of a semester and built in a week.
Concept into Form
Three locations - the kitchen, the living room, and the backyard-serve as the setting for an unraveling family drama when a family returns to their childhood farmhouse bringing with them financial and relationship conflicts. A layering of space creates a smooth transition between interior rooms and the exterior without impediment by walls or doors during quick scene changes. The interior space is comprised of a general clutter of sentimental objects and convey the feeling of claustrophobia-as if the family, which is now grown, somehow no longer fits. This feeling of accumulation and clutter is translated into the structure of the farmhouse, which is enclosed by a ceiling of scrap wood. The ceiling dematerializes into a flock of birds as the enclosed interior expands into an endless exterior. Organic lines cover the floor and walls to imply dirt, sky, and fields.