Talking Tech: Get Set for BBAJ

By Kristen Martino, Scenic Designer

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Photo of Kristen Martino’s scenic design model

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson fuses the early nineteenth century with glam rock of the eighties into one glorious rock musical.  Grounding the set in the historical side allows for costumes, lights, and projections to layer on the flare. Inspiration was gathered from iconic historical elements such as rustic textures of old crates and timber construction found in barns. The wood textures, strong angles, and solid construction give a nod to early American architecture.


Under Reuben Lucas’s projections, the band watches as Rachel and Andrew discover their love for blood and each other.

Crumpled newspapers cover a false proscenium adding in another historical element.  The newspaper also serves as the main projection surface to emphasize the flashy rock moments as well as set the location of several scenes. The band of the show is elevated on a loft level that spans the entire stage.  This allows the band to be a character within the show. An enormous stack of crates provides access to the loft from stage and gives many levels for fight scenes and power ballads.

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Projection designs by Reuben Lucas

The back wall of the barn is composed of aged boards that have space between them to allow light to pour though in streaks and give a pop of color when viewing the cyc through the boards. Three large posts support the structure and punch through the fourth wall, encroaching on the audience.  The stage floor also extends right into the second row of seats allowing the actors to have direct interaction with audience. Just as Jackson led invasions throughout his time in office, the set of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson invades the audience’s space throughout their time in the theatre.

Kristen Martino (Scenic Designer) is a third year M.F.A. candidate in scenic design with a B.F.A. in scenic and lighting design from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Scenic Design credits at IU include: Hedda Gabler, Romeo and Juliet, In the Red and Brown Water, The Art of Bowing, and Lacy and Ashley Live in a Trailer Now. Scenic Charge Artist credits at IU include: Noises Off, Into the Woods, King Lear, and The Imaginary Invalid. Other recent credits include: 2015 Prague Quadrennial USITT USA National Exhibit (Assistant to the Designer), The Full Monty for Stages St. Louis (Scenic Artist), Godspell for IFT (Charge Artist) and Mary Poppins for Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Scenic Artist). Kristen is originally from Slidell, Louisiana.

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