|The interior of the Auditorium Building in Chicago built in 1887. The rectangular frame around the stage is the proscenium "arch".|
When we staged Our Town recently, I was faced with a number of challenges as a director. First, we have no proscenium, and many of the suggested stage movements called for the character of the Stage Manager to use a proscenium pillar as a resting place when his monologue was finished and action was about to take place. So my assistant director and I had to figure out where the Stage Manager could go and be out of the way.
|The talented John Milligan as the Stage Manager. He found a place to stand.|
Are you familiar with other staging configurations? What do you think an "alley" stage is? Have you been to a "Black Box" theatre?