Monday, July 16, 2012

Creative Team Interview #3: Sara Gosses, Lighting Designer for THE LOVER and DANNY

Welcome to our exciting series of interviews, where you can get to know the cast & creative team in our Summer Series, a double-header of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Harold Pinter's The Lover. The Summer Series is a true repertory event - both shows perform on the same evening with the same cast, creative team, and design concept.

The shows run back to back July 27 - August 12, 2012
Wed-Sat at 7pm;  Sat & Sun at 2pm, in New York City.

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Your Name:
Sara Gosses

Role in this Production:
Lighting Designer

How long have you been designing?
I began designing shortly before I interned with a designer in New York three years ago.

How long have you been in NYC?
I moved here permanently in 2010.

Where are you from originally?
I'm from Ohio, but between schools and shows I've spent significant time throughout the Midwest.

What's been your favorite project, to date?
My senior year of college I designed my first full show and it called for night vision. That scene and the talk-backs post-show, made "Behind the Uniform" my favorite show I've designed. If we're counting any project I've been involved in I would have to say "Rose and the Rime." I was involved in the workshops and then helped in small ways: audio and then as an electrician when we took it to ACTF. It was a collaborative piece and the community that surrounded the piece was extremely rewarding. I really believe in creating using everyone's strengths with less rigid roles.

What do you like about being involved with The Seeing Place?
I think storytelling is incredibly powerful and The Seeing Place is really committed to that. Take, for instance, the two upcoming shows: The Lover and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. They're shows that you don't have to stretch to connect to. I love working on plays that not only intrigue me as a designer, but also make me think as a person. I think the audience has a lot to look forward to! 

What's your previous experience with these two plays (THE LOVER and DANNY....)?
I hadn't read either, but I do love Pinter. I think he's a master with the story arc. So I was excited for the combination of the two shows right from the gate.

What's been the most challenging thing about preparing for these projects?
Keeping a design simple while maximizing the space forboth shows can be a challenge. However, it's typically a challenge that results in a more interesting design than if the one show had stood alone.

What is your website? (or Facebook Page or Twitter account?) 
It's currently under construction, but hopefully it'll be ready for launch soon!

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  1. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm, Sara. We're so excited to have you on board!

  2. Oooh... I love the idea of having to do night vision on stage! how cool!

  3. Wish I could be there. It sounds fascinating!


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