MAGELLANICA Set Design | Artist’s Repertory Theatre 2018
Long, cold, and worth it Artists Rep's premiere of E.M. Lewis's Antarctic drama "Magellanica" – all five and a half hours of it – tells an epic tale of lives on the edge. The visual design in Magellanica is masterful. Instead of invoking the claustrophobia of the station by realistically recreating its small interior, scenic designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz does away with walls almost entirely. Instead, huge white sheets tower above the actors and enclose the stage, while small mobile set pieces create the rooms of the station. The isolation doesn’t come from walls. It’s from the landscape. It looms large in the show. Ice in every direction. Beautiful, alien, and dangerous.