Harris Drama 110 Professor Karen Baker Play Response: Dead Man’s Cell Phone November 19, 2012 In Dead Man’s Cell Phone there were a lot of design elements in that helped express the time, location, and underlying theme of this play. They were shown through the set and costume design. However, costume design is different as to where it is more personal and gives us more information about the character and how he or she contributes to the play. These elements are space, line, shape, form, color, texture and Light.
Through using examples from the play, these elements will be used to describe what the set and the props say about time, mood, season, place and character. First let us talk about the set and its’ design. Space is very crucial to a play. The space in this play helped define the locations. However, space needs helped from elements to define the location. The use of props helps with this. For example, the tables in the beginning of the play along with cups helped the audience realize that the location was in a coffee shop or in a cafe.
Another way to differentiate space is to use the back of the stage and the front of the stage along with platforms. For example, when Jean was in South Africa, she was on the back of the stage with a suitcase in her hand. The audience could understand that she was no longer inside a cafe or the house but possibly on a street somewhere in South Africa. Another use of props in relation to the set are umbrellas, cell phones, jackets and of course light. The use of umbrellas also set the location and mood.
In the play where the scene of actors walking across the stage with their umbrellas open and on the cell phones wearing jackets told the audience that the location was outside but the mood was very bleak. The use of cell phones helps convey the time of which this play is taking place which is in modern time. Color and lighting also helped distinguish mood and place. For example, at Gordon’s eulogy when his mother was talking the lighting was dim which helped express that that the mood was very depressing.
Texture was seen in the back drop and was helped by lighting. For example, when Gordon and Jean were in purgatory you could tell they were in a place where it seemed there was nothing there by the use of white background and bright lighting. The shape of the set seemed linear. Facing the stage you had the dining room scene on the left, in center was the cafe, and to the right you either had the stationary store or the living room. Even though they were not all in the same scene they were place out in this order.
The elements space, line, shape, form, color, texture and light also contribute to costume design. Color can emphasize the mood of a character but can also show irony. For example, when Gordon’s mother is giving his eulogy she expressing how no one wears black for mourning anymore and how she finds it sad. However, she is wearing red where red is the color that shows someone is happy that someone died. Mrs. Gottlieb’s clothing is very sophisticated looking which could mean that she is wealthy and snobbish.
This is evident through her relationships with her children. She favors Gordon over Dwight. The costumes also show place and time. Rain coats let know that they were or had been outside and it could be raining. The costumes, lights, set, and sound all tell the story. However, the back ground did not make since to me where the orange structure with the house and other figures that were on it. I saw what they were trying to do but it was a little too much and it was distracting.
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