Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet
University of Texas at Austin 2019-2020 Season
Directed by Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez
Collaborators: Lindsey Thurston (Costume), Amber Whatley (Lighting)
Contribution: Scenic and Media Designer
Tools: Vectorworks (Drafting), Unity (Pre-Vis), Touchdesigner (Content Creation/ Playback)
The provocative, poignant and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet is the stirring conclusion of The Brother/Sister Plays by Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).
I had the pleasure of designing both the Scenic and Media elements for this performance. The story seamlessly shifts between a grounded Louisiana neighborhood and dream spaces filled with spiritual energy, so in the design we focused on making transitions smooth and blurring the boundaries between these worlds. Through the use of UV paint embedded in the set and precisely mapped projection, powerful visual shifts immersed the audience in the world of the story.