Naoko Maeshiba's SUBJECT/OBJECT: lighting design
For her 2016 Theatre Project performance Subject/Object, Naoko Maeshiba, true to form, wanted to turn the theater around backwards: to swim down the ranks of audience seating through billowing plastic waves created by Khristian Weeks, lit from beneath, and to emerge from under the first row of the audience as a newborn creature. Not a problem. Household LED lamps were used under the plastic to prevent heat buildup, and we devised placements that gave the look we wanted. For an appropriately hot look for the "birthing" sequence, small theatrical units were placed in the front row and carefully monitored.
After a second act that was a comedic cabaret, the third section of the piece turned dark and mysterious as the audience, now facing upstage, witnessed a performance tied together by mystery, sound and salt. The piece ends with the performer retracing her path up through the audience seating to the dim expanse at the top of the house.