Lighting Design Portfolio: The Woman in Black

I’ve said in a few places that this lighting design for The Woman in Black at Theatre Unleashed is one of the most complicated plots I’ve ever created. Very, very proud of this one. It’s been earning consistent rave reviews across the board (scroll down a bit on that link to the producing update to see what I mean). Even got a nice pull quote the other day about it from Night-Tinted GlassesGregory Crafts’ lights do it all…”  No complaints there!

It is difficult working with substandard DJ LEDs and 100w work lights from Home Depot, but I like to think that if you know what you’re doing, you can even make them look good. I also picked up a couple of nice practical lamps (including this gorgeous pendant lamp with a cage around a vintage Edison bulb) that really pull the plot together.

I hope that soon enough, TU will be able to afford better gear. Doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, but if you were looking for something to get me Theatre Unleashed for Christmas this year, a dozen of these would be perfect.

About the Show

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt and based on the book by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is a chilling classic ghost story in its purest form. A lawyer who has experienced a recent tragedy and believes his family is cursed hires a skeptical but enthusiastic actor to help him tell his tale and hopefully exorcise the fear that paralyzes him. With the actor’s help, he shares his story of that dark and stormy night when he first saw a horrifying specter, one that haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was killed. As they prepare their performance, they experience something unsettling as they learn more about what happens to those who have witnessed The Woman in Black.

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