Ever wonder what goes into making a play come to life at People's Light? Like all of our productions, The Vinegar Tree presented a fun and unique challenge in bringing this world of Paul Osborn’s from page to stage. Here we’ll take a behind the scenes look at the magic worked by set designer Daniel Zimmerman and costume designer Marla Jurglanis.


Set Design

Set renderings by Daniel Zimmerman

The Steinbright Stage features a two-sided set so the drama can move from inside the Merrick’s home to outside. As with any production, our set designer starts with a delightful little model to plan how the build will work in 3D space. From there the work is scaled up into a full high-society living room with a garden patio on its reverse side. The stage is designed to change between the last 2 acts, in a fitting manner a bit more theatrical than a typical stage-crew change. Get tickets to attend or stream the play to see for yourself!


Costume Design

The Vinegar Tree’s 1930s setting is a rich era of fashion to draw from when designing costumes for its characters. Marla Jurglanis says part of her inspiration was “-the lovely drawing room portraits of the period…Many of these portraits have lovely deco elements and the poses are always casually elegant. Men's and women's wardrobes involved both tailoring and complex drapery. I very much enjoyed the research into the fabrics and cuts of this period.”

From tailored suits to elegant evening gowns, our costume department once again outdid themselves in their work to create multiple looks for each character. Sketches and fabric swatches help inform the look of each wardrobe and everything comes together on the stage when costume and actor are united. Click through the gallery below to see the sketch concepts next to the performance-ready results.

Costume sketch by Marla Jurglanis