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.

Prologue, Epilogue
Prologue, Epilogue
Concerning Strange Devices
Concerning Strange Devices
Tattoo Design and Details
Tattoo Design and Details
Isabel Hewlett learning
Isabel Hewlett learning
Act 2 - Modern
Act 2 - Modern
"Photos of who?"
"Photos of who?"