A scenic design for Carlo Gozzi's “The Green Bird”, performed at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland
The purpose of this thesis is to document and analyze the scenic design process of Carlo Gozzi's The Green Bird as it was produced at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in March of 2007. The role of the scenic designer is to physicalize the world of the play established by the vision of the director as well as the collaborative design team of the lighting, costume and sound designer. Chapter one of this thesis is an analysis of the script written by Carlo Gozzi, which was translated and adapted by Frederica Brunori Deigan and Leslie Felbain. This analysis covers a concise understanding of Commedia dell'Arte, which is the performance style of the piece, as well as Carlo Gozzi's theatrical views. Chapter two details the visual research process and manifestation of the phases of the scenic design in conjunction with the director, lighting and costume designer. Chapter three examines the selecting and approving of materials for the set and the construction and building process of the set design. Chapter four provides a critical analysis of the process of designing the set, the creation of the set, and an evaluation of the final production in light of the collaborative design process with the other designers and the director. Finally, the appendices provide visual documentation of the design process from research to realization of the final production.