The unique design of Enron by Lucy Prebble at the Omaha Community Playhouse blends the worlds of Realism and Absurdism. In one moment, the show is meticulously dissecting the ins and outs corporate corruption. The next moment, the Lehman Brothers are siamese twins, day traders are dancing around the stage, and raptors are walking around in business suits. Enron director Kimberly Faith Hickman said the key of the show’s design was balancing the two sides equally.
“We spent a lot of time pouring over research of what the Enron building looked like and what the key players looked like,” she said. “We settled on designs based in realism but we took some creative license with things. It let’s us tell the story from a truthful aspect while also letting us have a lot of fun with our creativity.”
For sound, Hickman said they looked at Enron at it’s peak in the late 90s as this huge party that everyone wants to go to.
“Of course they’re going to invest in this company. Of course they are going to idolize their charismatic and magnetic leader. That idea influenced a lot of the music choices. (Sound Designer) Lindsey Jones contributed a lot of original music. Jim Boggess contributed some original music and John Gibilisco contributed the rest of it. We have a montage of designers working on sound! It’s all falling into this party-like atmosphere.”
For costumes, Hickman didn’t want to give any of Lydia Dawson’s design secrets away except for mentioning a very peculiar combination.
Business suits and raves.
“All of the designs help make the audience feel that much more pulled into the story. The designers are doing amazing work.”
This is Hickman’s first time directing at the Playhouse. A freelance director based in Brooklyn, New York, she said her experience at OCP has been outstanding.
“Everyone is so collaborative,” she said. “The spirit of theatre that you want to be surrounded by is definitely here. Theatre is a wierd, crazy business. It has the chance to get stressful at times because you are locked in a room with a group of people for the long haul. But if you are surrounded by people who believe in what they’re doing then you are going to have an amazing time. That’s what it’s been like here.”
Enron by Lucy Prebble opens August 15th and runs through September 14th. For more information, visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.
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