18.5 Minutes (2012)

Directed and devised by Sebastian Calderon and Sean Donovan as an investigation of the 18.5 minute gap in the 1973 Nixon Tapes, this project challenged all those working on it to “inhabit the gap.” Imagining the playing area as the negative space of the Oval Office, the design used the geometry of the oval to gesture towards the seat of the Presidency, while calling out its absence and informational inaccessibility. The scenic design maintained a highly controlled palette, excluding anything that was not absolutely necessary, and therefore required intense attention to detail regarding those elements that were present. As a result I worked closely with video designer Jeremiah Barber to incorporate projection surfaces into the set and architecture of the theatre.