Problem Solution: If It's Broken, Don't Fix It

Problem: How can a theater with a $6,500 materials budget build a naturalistic production of a play that transpires in four locales, circa 1937?

Solution: T. Andrew Aston, who designed Of Mice and Men for the Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester, MI, says he always searches for a central metaphor for multiple set shows, sometimes by asking materials to tell the story. When director David Mowers said he wanted to emphasize the frustrated dreams of migrant workers who

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