Behind The Scenes Of 6 Tony-Winning Sets For Plays

Behind The Scenes Of 6 Tony-Winning Sets For Plays

Set by Donyale Werle for Peter And The Starcatcher.

Go behind the sets of the past six Tony-award winning plays for Best Scenic Design from 2010-2015. Live Design has gathered video interviews with the designers and put them all in one spot as a one-stop-shop for all you scenic-fans.

In the videos below, hear what inspired their sets, how they go about their creative processes, or how the plays shaped the sets.

2010, Christopher Oram for Red

2010 Tony-award winner, Christopher Oram discusses his deep appreciation for the artwork of Mark Rothko, who is the main character of the play, Red, and how the art is reflected in his set design. 

2011, Rae Smith for War Horse

Rae Smith received a Tony award for her set design of the 2011 Broadway version of War Horse at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, which employed bold strategies such as actors carrying sticks that would become fences or pieces of architecture.

2012, Donyale Werle for Peter And The Starcatcher

Donyale Werle was awarded the 2012 Tony award for her sustainable set design for Peter And The Starcatcherfor which she went dumpster diving to create the completely upcycled set out of found materials.

2013, John Lee Beatty for The Nance

Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, John Lee Beatty won his second Tony in 2013 for The Nance, a play set in a 1930's burlesque scene and produced at the Lincoln Center Theater.

2014, Beowulf Boritt for Act One

Beowulf Boritt won in 2014 for his intricate set for Moss Hart's Act One, which was three stories tall, included six scenic areas, and designed on a massive 60', 70,000lb turntable.

2015, Bunny Christie and Finn Ross for A Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time  

Together, scenic designer Bunny Christie and video designer Finn Ross won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play. In this video, Christie explains how the set reflects the main character's mindset, very technological and orderly, and at times, fizzing with the energy from his anxiety.

Stay tuned for the musicals edition!

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