SET & COSTUME DESIGN CONCEPT
The monument by colleen wagner
The Monument is a powerful play delving into the morality of war, revenge, and forgiveness. A young soldier in a war-torn country is sentenced to death for the rape and murder of twenty-three girls. On the eve of his execution, a middle-aged women offers an ultimatum, agreeing to save him if he will do her bidding. As the woman puts the soldier to work at her home, inflicting physical and psychological torture, she reveals herself as the mother of one of the young women he raped, and both individuals must discover whether there is any way to reach absolution.
Although the play was written in response to the Bosnian War, the story is universal in its depiction of the horrors of conflict, and the toll it can take on individuals' morals. I was heavily influenced by the woodcuts of Käthe Kollwitz for this design, as I aimed to create a space that highlighted the tension between the two characters and the emotional intensity of the piece.
Designed for Berkeley Repertory Theater's Roda space in Berkeley, CA.