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Concerning Strange Devices From The Distant West

Costume Design By: Janice Pytel

Timeline Theatre 

Chicago, IL

by Naomi Iizuka

Director: Lisa Portes

Scenic Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge

Lighting Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge

Projection Design: Mike Tutaj

Associate Costume Design: Ricky Lurie

Tattoo Design: Ricky Lurie

The play shifts between the present and the 1880s when a strange new technology first seized the world in freeze frame. Cameras capture images of geishas, monks, and shrines. They are sent to the future in a flash—where we continue to seek meaning through lenses of exoticism and xenophobia. The most difficult part of the design process was the tattoo design - as those with tattoos in the past reemerge as naked, unmarked figures in the present.

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