Rogue R2 Washes light Destiny of Desire
Friday, 9 June 2017
destiny-of-desireThe play unabashedly takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey
USA - Karen Zacarias’ Destiny of Desire, An Unapologetic Telenovela in Two Acts is aptly subtitled. The raucous, freewheeling “play within a play” makes absolutely no apologies as it follows the lives of two Mexican woman (one born to wealth, the other to poverty) who are switched at birth.
Parodying the telenovelas commonly seen on TV, the play unabashedly takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey that is at turns, harrowing, hilarious and ultimately thought provoking. Intensifying the myriad of moods that runs through this fast-paced play is a richly textured lighting design by Pablo Santiago that features Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
Santiago is using 16 of the 285W RGBW moving heads to light the show during its current successful run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. He positions the Rogue R2 Washes over the stage in four different electrics from downstage to upstage. Each electric has four Rogue units per line set, dividing the stage into 16 top wash areas. This broad coverage allows him to use the Rogues to fill a variety of roles throughout the play, including stage washing, back and front light specials, strobing effects and soft beam architecture.
Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, Destiny of Desire opens with a telenovela being shot in an abandoned warehouse/theatre. The set, which is designed by François-Pierre Couture, evokes the feeling of being in an improvised studio by incorporating playful backstage props like scrims, billowy fabrics and misplaced title cards. The Rogue fixtures help bring this behind-the-scenes feeling to life by washing the scenery in a variety of colours.
Santiago views his lighting design as part of a larger collaborative effort. “I am in favour of lighting design that has its own dramaturgical point of view so that it can work in with sound, costuming, music, script and acting etc. This creates a richer experience for the audience,” he said. “John Zalewski in sound, costume designer Julie Weiss and music director Rosino Serrano all contributed to the mood we created on stage, as did my assistant Greg Hoffman and the entire crew at the Goodman. I compare it to music, where a chord will be a richer sound than a single note.”
Like the characters in Destiny of Desire, Santiago’s lighting design has evolved and grown. Having collaborated with Valenzuela for six years, he worked on the world premiere of the play at the Arena Theatre in Washington, DC and later lit it for its second showing at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. He used different wash fixtures on each of those engagements, but decided to specify the Rogue R2 Wash when the play moved to Chicago.
(Jim Evans)

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