American Idiot

American Idiot at Georgia College & State University, 2017

American Idiot at Georgia College & State University, 2017

American Idiot at Georgia College & State University, 2017

American Idiot at Georgia College & State University, 2017

About the Design: We wanted to created a world that gave homage to the original album, American Idiot. The idea of the green & white American flag definitely was a tribute to the music video that kicked off this concept album over a decade ago. We also focussed on words like ‘rage’ ‘love’ and ‘battlefield’ in developing the play space for the action.

My research really pushed for a more industrial feeling, but I didn’t ever want to lose the sense that this was a space that could be used for action. The actors needed to be able to inhabit this theatrical playground. I added ladders up to the top platform on the flag, and a fire pole allowed movement up and down to the SR platform.

The band stayed on stage at all times and was able to interact with the actors from time to time. This also gave the production the feeling of always being “in concert” which I thought was important and appropriate. I collaborated with the lighting designer to create lighting that was effective and part of the set as well. Lights were hung on pipes on the set that were both structural and practical. The results were very effective and created a production in which all the design elements worked in harmony.

1/4" Color Model

Initial design elevation of the flag

Initial deck elevation

SR Structure concept rendering

1/8" sketch model. We used this to get on the same page for the direction of the design.

A concept sketch early in the process

Amy Pinney – Director
Isaac Ramey – Scenic Design
Kayleigh Mikell – Costume Design
Drew McDaniels – Lighting Design
Henry Echeverria – Technical Director

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