Episode #10: Lighting Design with Jeff Croiter
In Theatre Book Club so far, we’ve done a deep dive into the texts and histories of various plays and musicals, we’ve heard about the adaptation of movies for the stage, about the importance and persistence of musical theatre on local and educational levels, and discussed issues of casting and diversity, all mostly from the perspective of actors and directors. So I’m especially excited for my tenth episode (!!) because we will be getting a very different, yet vital theatrical point of view: that of the designers. As an actor and director myself, I’ll be the first to admit that designers often get short shrift when discussing the legacies of important plays and musicals, but make no mistake: good theatre could not happen without them, and many plays would not be the cultural touchstones they’ve become today without the handiwork of a brilliant designer or two. For all of these reasons, I’m thrilled to welcome lighting designer Jeff Croiter to the show. Croiter is one of the most celebrated and prolific lighting designers in the industry — his Broadway credits include Freestyle Love Supreme, Falsettos, Something Rotten, Holiday Inn, Newsies, Penn & Teller, Bandstand, and Peter and the Starcatcher, for which he won a Tony award — in addition to experience lighting opera, dance, and circus performance. We will discuss how he got into the field (Croiter actually credits Berkshire Theatre Group with the start of his professional lighting career!) as well as his approach to lighting design and how it can enhance a theatrical experience, all through the lens of some of his most recent theatrical credits. If you’re looking for some context before this episode, I recommend re-familiarizing yourself with Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies, and Falsettos.
Each week, Katie will feature a new guest from the theatre community and discuss either the guest’s favorite play/musical or a play/musical with which they have been highly involved professionally. Katie and her guest will discuss questions they had in reading the play, the transition from the reading of a play to putting it on its feet in performance, and interact with the audience: like the casual, theatre book club you never had!
Age group: High school and up.
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