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Challenges of Design in the Set of Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Open Access

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Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, was produced at the George Washington University in the spring semester of 2012. Under the direction of Roberta Gasbarre, it opened on February 23rd in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre on the George Washington University campus in Washington DC. The lighting designer was Amanda Demczuk and the costume designer was Adalia Vera Tonneyck. This thesis looks at the process of the set design of Hair, which included the planning, and execution of the set in the light of an organic design process as opposed to a structured one. The challenge was to use a flexible design process and finite time frame to fit the needs of the show and of the director. The history of the musical, analysis of the time period, original designs, development, and an analysis of the successes of the design and the design process will be discussed.

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