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1776 Scenic Designer Russell Metheny on the Balance between Historical Accuracy and Theatrical Fancy

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The beginning of our thrilling 2013–14 season is so close we can see it! Or, perhaps, it’s just Russell Metheny’s breathtaking set design for our season opener, Frank Galati’s revival of 1776, we are seeing. We were curious how true Metheny’s recreation was to the historic Independence Hall in the Pennsylvania State House, where the Declaration of Independence was debated and ratified by the Second Continental Congress 237 years ago. This is what he had to say when we asked him:
For Frank Galati the set was all about the muscularity of the show and the environment. He wanted it to be masculine so that when Abigail Adams and Martha Jefferson entered this world there would be a strong contrasting energy. And he also wanted it to be about that summer and the oppressive heat.

I researched the Philadelphia Independence Hall, as well as the House and Senate halls in the capital of today. Independence Hall is grey/white with tall windows and a pine floor. The House and Senate are dark woods …

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