We were nominated for several Elly awards for our production of Hay Fever last November! (Sadly, we did not win any of the awards…) Keep reading below for some background on our production effort of this great comedy.
Here’s a link to an article in the Davis Enterprise, written by Bev Sykes.
The cast of Hay Fever: Joanna Johnson, Shane Osterhoudt, Kevin Toole, Sara Matsui-Colby, Brian Wallace, Lisa Halko, Chelsea Halperin, Corey Shake and Gayle Tominaga. Behind the cast you can see the the black masking and brown carpet, which were originally hung over the rolling garage door in an attempt to provide sound insulation for rock concerts.
Many of the objects on our set were provided by the actors or other friends of the theater. The charcoal drawing and prints on the back wall, for example, were brought in by Gayle Tominaga (second from left). Sara Matsui-Colby wore this red cloche in the final act that came out of her own wardrobe. The mirror at the back was given to us by a flea-market dealer who had fished it out of a dumpster. The sideboard and piano were donated by a local interior decorator. The hat tree in the back corner was abandoned at a bus stop in downtown Davis.
The stairs were built by Dylan Wright, a Davis contractor and sculptor. Because space was so tight backstage, one actor used the under-the-stairs space as a changing room. You can also see the maroon bell-pull here, sewn by Gayle Tominaga. The mechanism was a little tricky to set up, but we made it work by running the cloth through the plastic tube from a vacuum cleaner. You can see the other side in the next photo.
Joanna Johnson, script in hand, as Clara the maid! Congratulations on your nomination for best female supporting actress in a comedy! Behind Joanna you can see the chair for actors changing under the stairs. Above you see the other side of the bell-pull mechanism, with a copy of “A History of the Renaissance” as a counterweight.
Lisa Halko and Kevin Toole. The piano was donated by Babara Mortkovitz, as well as the sideboard and the shelves at the back. Because this piano dates from around 1915, we had to have it tuned and repaired before it could be played in performance by Lisa. When we first got it, the middle register sounded awful. The piano tuner set us straight about what was causing the problem: At some point in the last hundred years, someone managed to spill a glass of wine onto the dampers. So we replaced them.
Now that everything has been removed, the space is being used for music performances and a gallery.
The “door to the library” was reused at Third Space for a painter’s studio.