Hookman, by Lauren Yee, explores the tragedy of death and disaster, coupled with the uncertainty of change and navigating the first year of college. We follow Lexi, through her eyes, as she struggles with the memory of her friend’s death, and her role in the tragedy. On top of all this, she grapples with her experience of sexual assault. This story is important it can help people, especially students, see that everyone experiences this loneliness, and that the feeling is somewhat universal.
The setting of the show should convey to the audience that we are seeing this entire world through Lexi’s eyes and that everything we see is happening in her head. The audience should feel confident to question what is real and what is a figure of Lexi’s imagination. Space should move around Lexi as we see her struggling with her memories and should keep her at the center of the stage picture.
Lexi is exposed wherever she exists. The surfaces of this world are sharp, geometric, and uninviting. This is a landscape that should feel fluid and will transition with ease, just like how Lexi’s brain jumps from one experience to the next.
Director - Daniel Zimmerman
Scenic Designer - Max Okst
*Unproduced Design Project*
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