• Copenhagen- Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Grinnell College

  • Copenhagen- Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Grinnell College

  • Copenhagen- Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Grinnell College

  • Copenhagen- Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Grinnell College

  • Copenhagen- Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Grinnell College

  • Copenhagen- Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Grinnell College

  • Copenhagen

    Copenhagen by Michael Frayn explores the moral and ethical quandry behind the creation of nuclear weapons during WWII. The play revisits a conversation between Niels Bohr and his star pupil, Werner Heisenberg in occupied Denmark during the war. In the play, Bohr, his wife Margrethe, and Heisenberg revisit this meeting multiple times after their death in the hopes that they will come to understand the forces that led to the creation of the bomb.

    Design Context

    For this produciton, I completed both the scenic and lighting designs. Upon the initial meetings of the artistic team, we determined that the play was well-suited to a performance in the round, both with the cyclical nature of the dialogue and the scientific visuals of Bohr's atomic structure.

    We set out to create a visual world that reflected the circular nature of the conversation as well as create a world in which the characters could use their movements to visual describe the physics discussed in the play. The characters could be both particles and waves, demonstrate that any action has an appropriate reaction, and "explode" outside the confines of normal space.

    The series of circles that comprise the deck are representative of Bohr's atomic model, valence shells, and both the interior and exterior of Bohr's home in Copenhagen. Bare light bulbs of various sizes dropped in from the ceiling further demonstrated the engineered, scientific world while also alluding to the starry night sky.

    While design for theatre in the round requires the "minimal" in scenic elements, the elements on the floor and in the sky were carefully crafted to reinforce the combination of science and nature throughout the play.

    Hallie Flanagan Theatre - Grinnell College

    Flanagan Theatre is a 45' x 45' multi-form blackbox with a 3'-wide gallery 10' above the stage floor. The grid is 22' above the stage floor.

    For Copenhagen the space was arranged in the round. The inner circle was a hardwood floor comprised of individually painted lauan planks, sealed multiple times with a high-gloss finish to represent the interior of Bohr's home. The outter circle was 2 tons of river-rock contained inside two rings of "Belgian Brick." The bricks were made from 2"x4" off-cuts, beaten with chain, and painted with multiple sprays. The brick walkways were built to fit from pressed cardboard panels. These, too, were painted with multiple spray coats. Finally, the hanging stars in the production were created with a variety of lamps, using different lengths of cable and different sized lght bulbs. These were hung throughout the space to create a three-dimensional star-field.

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    Copenhagen Production Photographs

Production Photographs

Rimers of Eldritch

Scenic Drawings - Under Construction

Light Plot - Under Construction