• Passing Strange- In Los Angeles at the top of the show, Youth struggles with his mother's decision to take him to church.

  • Passing Strange- As Narrator, Jahi Kearse directs the action of the play from the band platform stage left.

  • Passing Strange- Mr. Franklin, the choir director, introduces choir members to the "transcendental" effects of marijauna in his Volkswagon bus. To create the car, I used two ERS units to create a simple box on the floor around the actors.

  • Passing Strange-The Narrator rails at Youth's inexperiance and rash judgements.

  • Passing Strange- Struggling with members of his church telling him who he should be, Youth makes the decision to move to Amsterdam. In this song "Phillistines" there is a cacophany of orders being shouted to Youth.

  • Passing Strange- To Emphasize his feelings of isolation, I placed Youth in a spotlight to reinforce the idea that he is in a different mental/emotional space than his congregation.

  • Passing Strange- Amsterdam offers Youth a new world in which people openly talk about and engage in casual sex and drugs. To match the emotional shift of the world, I chose a deep lavender color and a red backlight on the up-center window to create the base look for Amsterdam.

  • Passing Strange- Youth meets a new group of bohemian artists in Amsterdam.

  • Passing Strange- Youth meets a new group of bohemian artists in Amsterdam.

  • Passing Strange- Youth meets a new group of bohemian artists in Amsterdam.

  • Passing Strange- Youth does not find "the real" in Amsterdam and moves to Berlin, where he meets Desi and a group of artists who use performance as activism. In opposition to Amsterdam, the creative team found an industrial quality to the music in this section of the play. I utilized hard lines and deep greens and blues to emphasize the industrial theme.

  • Passing Strange- Mr. Venus introduces Youth's perfomance piece "Identity."

  • Passing Strange- Youth delivers his emotionless performance art piece, "Identity." The live-feed video image was a core component of this song for the design team. In the end, I chose to lose the green strip light color on the back wall to allow the projections to have more emphasis. The remainder of the Berlin base-look stayed in place to keep the industrial feel of this section of the play.

  • Passing Strange- Youth delivers his emotionless performance art piece, "Identity."

  • Passing Strange- Youth learns of his mother's death, and in his final moment in Berlin he begins to understand that his emotionless performance art is not "the real." This image demonstrates the Berlin base color-scheme and industrial feel. I softened the world around Youth with the follow spot and diffusion to emphasize his feelings of isolation and confusion.

  • Passing Strange- At the end of the play, Youth returns for his mother's funeral in Los Angeles, where he finds "the real" he was searching for. He takes control of his life, symbolized by taking the Narrator's story-telling device (the guitar). This moment of self discovery was emphasized through strong isolation in the lighting, as Youth's world "disappears" into a world of shadow and he takes the guitar.

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