written by Quiara Alegría Hudes
|| produced by The Playhouse San Antonio | performed July 2015 at the Cellar Theater, San Antonio, TX | directed by Jim Mammarella | scenic design by Ryan deRoos | costume design by Cassandra Trautman | lighting design by Kaitlin Muse | pi wall configuration by Dario Landazuri | photography by Siggi Ragnar ||
For this show, the set designer and I had to come up with an inexpensive solution for making a video wall consisting of 23 displays. The answer to this scenic and media design challenge was PiWall, an open source software package that uses one Raspberry Pi computer per display to create a video wall of any size. All video cues are executed via shell scripts sent from one "master" computer. We were able to build cues within QLab that executed these scripts.
"The main element in Ryan DeRoos’ set design is a video wall, an ingenious solution to the problem of how to capture those distinctive worlds in the tiny Cellar space. Video elements (deftly crafted by Megan Reilly) make very clear where everything is taking place."
"Set designer Ryan Deroos makes good use of the Cellar Theater’s space, creating a tiered, modular set that’s backed by numerous video monitors upon which Megan Reilly’s evocative visuals are projected, giving each scene a sense of place."