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Thursday, February 13, 2014

View of the Landscape: Set Designer Peter Ksander

My title is “set designer” which is an odd responsibility when the piece has been conceived to be site-specific.  My work has really been about about understanding what’s possible in the space and working to not obscure it’s essential components. The limits of the space are crucial to the piece. This is the fourth show over the last eight years that I’ve designed for H2M.

It’s setting up that sense of being a visitor that I’m interested in. I continue to come back to the image of the away team locker room, when there are not enough minutes left on the clock and the crowd is hostile, or at least rooting for the other team.  It’s the geography of being a visitor and slightly unwelcome and yet you are being asked to present your finest work.  It’s a charged environment.

Super fun to work in the Peninsula Park Community Center.

Peninsula Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary and has a bunch of great photos and information hanging in the lobby. They also have audio tours about its history that you can borrow from the front desk during their open hours, and are a hidden treasure trove of great classes and programs for all ages. Come to the show early, grab a catalog of upcoming classes, and check out some of the history of this amazing community resource. 

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