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At Soulpepper, a Toronto-based theatre company that brought several productions to New York this summer, design becomes part of the agenda in the rehearsal room. Designers build new work from the ground up with directors, writers, and actors. “It’s really an attempt at a holistic approach to theatre-making,” says resident designer Lorenzo Savioni. Read Part One of the story here.
At Soulpepper, a Toronto-based theatre company that brought several productions to New York this summer, design becomes part of the agenda in the rehearsal room. Designers build new work from the ground up with directors, writers, and actors. “It’s really an attempt at a holistic approach to theatre-making,” says resident designer Lorenzo Savioni. 
Dan Walker took home a piece of the set he designed for Vino Veritas. The year was 2008, the theatre, The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, MI, and experiences Walker was having away from the theatre made him feel a connection to the characters. Sarah Pearline, who designed the 2017 Rose production, says her personal aesthetic affected the set. “You go through research and collect all this stuff,” she says. “I’m in my late 30s, and I connect with these people, so things that speak to my taste won out.”
It’s been 60 years since Julie Andrews transformed from a flower girl into a sophisticated woman in My Fair Lady. This year, two productions aimed to pay homage to the original, with a hat tip to later Broadway revivals and an appreciation of audience expectations today. 
Alastar Dimitrie, executive director of the Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival, and Jamie Weeder, the theatre’s artistic director, search for a venue in upstate Michigan.
The Hypocrites in Chicago opened All Our Tragic—Sean Graney’s adaptation of all the Greek tragedies—last year alley-style, and the team remounted it this summer.