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Milk Like Sugar


performance exposes artifice force-fed to low-income girls

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Milk Like Sugar


performance exposes artifice force-fed to low-income girls

challenge

Design media for a play about a young woman, Annie, who is coming of age in a broken community. Convey the way in which Annie's environment is saturated with “sugar” by its media, food, and characters.

solution

Images of Annie's body are filled with hip hop icons that yield to flames, a symbol used in the text, as she changes course. Surfaces include an array of monitors and projection on the set.

project stats

producer: Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama
duration: 4 months
role: Video & Media Designer. Developed conceptual framework to approach the use of media. Collaborated with other designers to form a unified design language. Implemented custom media server in TouchDesigner. Filmed, sourced, and created content.
team:
Director: Terrence Mosley
Scenic Designer: Mariah Ganek
Lighting Designer: Alex Stevens
Costume Designer: Alex Grace
Sound Designer: Thomas Ford
Dramaturg: Jordan Sucher
Production Manager: Abigail Sorese
Stage Manager: Jason Cohen
Video Engineer: Joe Mertz
Asst. Media Designer: Danni Zhang
venue: Studio 201 (local warehouse)
deliverables: video content, TouchDesigner & QLab workspaces, cue placement

photos by Louis Stein

process

core research imagery

early tests

renders

in rehearsal

a blank canvas

a test of all ten displays!