MA: I don’t remember what the advantages were, but I do remember
some of the challenges. I think the
reason why we decided to have both
floors of the house separated on the
ground (not stacked one on top the
other like it would be at a practical
location) was more to balance the
space of the stage where we were
Can you talk about your ap-
proach to lighting the daytime
MA: In terms of lighting, it was pretty tricky because that house is full
of windows. The decision we had
with David was to have light coming in through the windows by day,
and nothing lighting it from inside.
The main creative references were
Dutch School paintings, and this direction gave us the ability to move
360 degrees. The children, with
their blocking, could move wherever
they wanted because all of the lights
were coming through the windows.
The challenge was to balance
the same kind of lights for the two
floors for day and for night. But by
being on a stage that was actually
What about your approach to
lighting the nighttime scenes?
You need light to have shadow...
Janice (Talitha Bateman) is confined to a wheelchair after a mysterious fall
Janice (Talitha Bateman) is thrown from her wheelchair by an evil force
Linda (Lulu Wilson) cautiously explores the house