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The Marriage of Figaro: Designs Sneak Peek

Apr 10, 2017 4:47:00 PM
By BLO Staff

The Marriage of Figaro returns to BLO this spring in an all-new production—but you can get your first look here!

sabrina 1.jpgReuniting Rosetta Cucchi, stage director, and John Conklin, BLO Artistic Advisor and scenic designer—the dramaturgical minds behind our 2015/16 Season La Bohème—this upcoming production of Mozart’s classic sets the action in an imaginary Italian villa in the 1950s, a world of luxury and cinematic style. 

Partly inspired by the visual world of the 1954 Billy Wilder film, Sabrina, Conklin says that the production stresses the work’s theatricality, wit, and playfulness. Audiences can expect to see glimpses of the backstage workings of the production, such as lighting instruments and stagehands; instead of a realistic set, the floor plan of the Almaviva villa will be drawn on the stage floor, with mirrors above so the audience can navigate the intrigues along with the characters.


Italian sports cars and an indoor tennis court harken back to the Hamptons setting of Sabrina, while numbered doors on wheels keep the farcical elements of Mozart’s Marriage rolling along. With sumptuous costumes designed by Gail Astrid Buckley, 1950s glamour comes to life.


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April 28 – May 7 at John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center



Images, top to bottom: Sabrina film poster, 1954; Scene from film Sabrina with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn; Costume sketch for Susanna, Act I, by designer Gail Astrid Buckley; Set model, Act II, by designer John Conklin. Studio publicity portrait for film Sabrina with William Holden and Audrey Hepburn; Costume sketch for the Countess, Act IV, by designer Gail Astrid Buckley; Set model, Act IV, by designer John Conklin.


This article originally appeared in the spring 2017 issue of Coda magazine.


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