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Scorge Sees Entities
Video Chat with Lawyer
Marley's WIll Reading
Freddi's Game Night
Sleepless Scorge
Scorge Passed Out
Carillo Call
Scorge Computer
Belle in the Library
Bobbi Carrillo

The Hacking of Nezar Scorge

52nd St. New Horizons Theatre - 2020 Virtual Show

World Premiere

Written by: Patrick Lanczki

Director: Patrick Lanczki

Scene Design: Katherine Stepanek

Lighting Design: Helen Garcia-Alton

Costume Design: Margo Birdwhistell

VFX/Editor/Livestream Coordinator: Chandler Oppenheimer

Due to the pandemic of 2020, live shows were canceled. In an attempt to continue with Christmas traditions, it was decided to create a virtual production for our audiences.

Accepting that the show would be virtual, we realized that the traditional version of "A Christmas Carol" was really the best option. The director decided that we would have to update it, to bring the actual story into the present or near-future. This would make the virtual programming connect more with the story than putting a Victorian story in little video chat boxes.  Instead, Scorge (this version's Scrooge) dislikes people so much, he does all of his business virtually, and the entities possess his computer.

As part of this new telling of the famous story, the design theme became a more graphic novel style. As the scenic designer for this production, I created over 85 unique backgrounds. These were made in Google SketchUp and V-Ray. We chose SketchUp in order to have movement in the background, but also so the characters who were supposed to be in the same room could actually have different views of the same room as their backgrounds (as can be seen in the Carrillo scene, above).

Occasionally, there would be an animation through a narration, or behind the actors as the entities take Scorge to different times and places. This is partly to make the story interesting, but also to maintain the attention of the audience in an era of theatre and film where they expect more than just talking heads on a backdrop.

Overall, this production was an experiment in a new style of theatre, a virtual world that can be used to place characters in the same world, in a visually stimulating situation.

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