Date: October, 2008
Venue: Fresno City College, Mainstage
Collaborators: Janine Christl (director), Debra Shapazian (costumes), Jeff Barrett (sound)
My Role: Scenery and Lighting Designer
Oscar Wilde’s classic play was envisioned with open iron work to create a light and airy feel in this Fresno City College production directed by Janine Christl.
“One of the highights is Christl’s bright, snappy concept for the production — set in the era but with a fresh, decidedly non-stuffy staging and setting. Once again, Christopher R. Boltz does City College proud with an innovative set and lighting design that captures an intriguing tone for the production without overwhelming the play. His structure of copper colored metal and marble-painted floor, accented by mesh screens and sliding panels that suggest an Asian sensibility, changes in significant ways for each of the three acts, but it offers a crisp continuity for the show. Small but notable abstract details — the green of a tree, the festivity of hanging lanterns — are wonderful. It might be far from the original scenic design for the 1895 production, but I have a feeling that Wilde himself would have approved.” — Donald Monro, Fresno Bee