ADG Perspective

September-October 2023

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D E A D R I N G E R S | P E R S P E C T I V E 5 1 A V i e w f r o m a D i f f e r e n t A n g l e D E A D R I N G E R S B Y E R I N M A G I L L , P R O D U C T I O N D E S I G N E R genre as inspiration, particularly the operatic nature of the story, the production pushed stylistic boundaries. Prepping for only ten weeks in New York during the late spring and summer of 2021 added extra layers of difficulty to the production: high material costs due to supply chain issues and the impossibility of research scouting and/or the use of any functioning medical facilities as locations. During that pivotal first month of prep, the Art Department was in New York, but due to COVID, the show runner was in London and the first block director in Los Angeles. With a plan to build out the twins' shared apartment and initial OB/GYN wing on stage, marrying both interior sets to existing exterior locations, the process of pitching and discussing these sets via Zoom proved to be less than ideal when working with new collaborators who are less versed in the world of stage builds and series scheduling. Nevertheless, we persisted, and were able to come to a fruitful shared vision for the world of the Mantle twins largely due to Alice's detailed and thoughtful scripts, along with the tremendously helpful research, visual studies and early renderings of hospital design by Graphic Artist Dustin Neiderman, Assistant Art Director Marc Wheeler and Art Department assistant William Fu. Westcott Memorial Hospital Set in present-day New York, the production didn't want to replicate an existing hospital, but rather evoke that specific energy of the city that never sleeps, a concrete jungle full of ambitious individuals pursuing their dreams. Mount Sinai C. WESTCOTT MEMORIAL —BETSY IRONS OB/GYN WING. STAGE BUILD/ DRESSING IN PROGRESS. SET PHOTO BY SHANNON FINNERTY.

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