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Location, location, location (and other details)

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The setting of a play can be as detailed and exact as the playwright, the director and/or the producer want or need it to be.  In the musical The Fantasticks, which has the feeling of a parable, the setting is a nearly bare stage with a trunk and a ladder.  In Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, the single large hunting lodge set (which needs to include a trap door) benefits from a loving attention to realistic detail.  [NOTE:  both this excellent shows are running right now in Fort Wayne, at IPFW and First Presbyterian, respectively.]

Jeannette Clift George sets her two-character play, Interval, in the heart of New York City, Manhattan.  Perhaps because for Americans, NYC is the quintessential Big City, it is a fitting backdrop for a play about two lonely people who are having a hard time finding a place to belong. Audience members who know New York well may have a bit of a job suspending disbelief that there could actually be a “forgotten corner” of Riverside Park, which runs along the Hudson River. We have tried to suggest that it is a sunken section of garden (steps down from street level).

You will notice several things about this garden:

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