Opening June 15th, I'm designing Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA. And that's just the first show of the summer!
On March 11th, we'll open a brand new dance piece, Remnants, choreographed by the incredible Orange Grove Dance in the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center in DC. I couldn't be more excited to continue to work with these choreographers and performers- our collaborations in the past have been incredibly fulfilling, whether it's been six halogen work lights to accentuate their Open Box Project in the Dupont Underground or a full theatre of equipment to sculpt the performers out in Joe's Movement Emporioum, working with these two is always incredible. I can't wait to share this project and the ones we're discussing for the future!
We're in the build process for the new work by Joe Calarco at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.
From Signature's website: "Written by Director of New Works Joe Calarco, this world premiere features a cast and crew of Arlington County Public Schools students and Syrian actor Mohamad Alrefai.
Signature in the Schools, Signature Theatre’s flagship education program, is a multifaceted program that encompasses workshops for English, Social Studies and Theatre classes, theatrical training for young artists, and the creation of an original play."
I'm excited to be a part of this new work created specifically for these students!
Opening February 26th.
On February 9th, we opened Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, directed by Mitchell Hebért in the Kogod Theatre at the University of Maryland. With scenic by Matthew Buttrey, Video by Mark Costello, Costumes by B. Benjamin Weigel, and sound by Matt Neilson, and helmed by a masterful director, the production created a new vocabulary between collaborators and fostered exciting new designs for this piece.
More photos to come, but I'll leave you with this for now, by the incomparable Geoff Sheil:
Opening on October 13th, Peter is designing Shook, the first act of the Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. It's a new piece choreographed by Latefia Bradley dealing with moments in life that shake us and alter the course of our lives in incalculable ways. Research has been done, plots submitted, and lights are currently being hung. He can't wait to build this world and help to create the dark times of struggle moving into the new normalcy formed through these experiences.
(Also performing in this concert is ambiguous gaps , choreographed by Jen Graham with lighting by fellow UMD graduate student Christopher Brusberg. Chris is doing incredible work, not to be missed.)
We've just opened Man of La Mancha at Sierra Repertory Theatre on August 26th! It's been a great experience working with Dennis Jones, both director and scenic designer, Rebecca Meredith designing costumes, and Alicia Dooley designing props. I feel as though I've grown a great deal since the last time I've designed at the Fallon House Theatre with Sierra Rep, and I think the design shows it. See the photos here. Thanks, SRT, for the opportunity. I hope to be back sometime soon!
Back to the University of Maryland!
Peter has been busy at school and finally had time to post about his collaboration with Orange Grove Dance at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainer, Maryland. It was a whirlwind of a project, unlike those he has worked on before.
In true collaboration with sound designer Jeffrey Dorfman, media designers Mark Costello and Kelly Colburn, and the good folks at Orange Grove Dance, a new piece was created around the community of Mount Rainier. More photos Here.
Every year, the University of Maryland Dance department produces a dance concert with several of their graduate students. Peter is thrilled to be designing four of the seven pieces (the others are designed by his very talented colleague Christopher Brusberg).
Choreograhpers include Shawn Stone, Allen Xing, and Ama Law.
Opening March 3rd at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center!
Update: Photos added! Check here.
Peter will be designing the Rape of Lucretia with the Maryland Opera Studio opening November 18th. He's thrilled to be working with Amanda Consol, an award winnng opera director. Amanda has an exciting concept for the piece and Peter can't wait to get in the room to work on this piece of art.
Update: Photos added! More here.