Ezra J. Ali-Dow

Concept Sketch
Early Draft
Early Draft 2A
Early Draft 2B
Scale Model
Raw Frame/ "Halo"
"Halo"
First Install
Crane Strings
Close Up
Final Installation
Final Installation 2
Muslin Wall Concept Sketch

Muslin Wall Concept Sketch

Muslin Brick Wall

Muslin Brick Wall

Peels away to reveal Medusa's cave.

Graffiti Wall Concept Sketch

Graffiti Wall Concept Sketch

see finished version in videos. Falls down to reveal Atlas's Mountain.

Rehearsal With Puppets

Rehearsal With Puppets

Puppets by Jo Vito Ramirez

Sketch of the Two Walls

Sketch of the Two Walls

A Sketch of the "A side" of two rolling periaktoi that had the "Rehearsal Room" brick walls on the other side. The brown boxes in this image are moving box stacks that represent stalagmites. They were also on wheels and the boxes get lifted to reveal stalagmites made from found objects which symbolize Medusa's mental growth.

Finalized Kitchen Wall

Finalized Kitchen Wall

The wall of Periaktoi A. The director's concept for design was to take the show from flat, 1-dimensional, cave etchings, to a world that was full and 3-dimensional as Medusa realizes herself.

Finalized Bedroom Wall

Finalized Bedroom Wall

The wall of Periaktoi B. The director's concept for design was to take the show from flat, 1-dimensional, cave etchings, to a world that was full and 3-dimensional as Medusa realizes herself.

The Two Periaktoi On-Stage

The Two Periaktoi On-Stage

pre-set dressing/painting

Architectural Sketch of Medusa's Cave

Architectural Sketch of Medusa's Cave

Medusa's Cave

Medusa's Cave

This cave is revealed when the muslin brick wall is peeled down. Medusa steps into it from the side. see video of close up details.

Medusa's Cave Concept Sketch

Medusa's Cave Concept Sketch

Set Decoration: Caught Firefly

Set Decoration: Caught Firefly

Some of my set decoration was from the theme that we trap beautiful things, like fireflies and like Medusa.

Applied Set Decoration: Caught Firefly

Applied Set Decoration: Caught Firefly

Some of my set decoration was from the theme that we trap beautiful things, like fireflies and like Medusa.

Conceptual Sketch of Large Stalagmite

Conceptual Sketch of Large Stalagmite

The stalagmite would be erected mid-show using a fly-rail and industrial magnets.

Partially Finished Fabric Stalagmite

Partially Finished Fabric Stalagmite

The stalagmite received more fabric to cover more of the stage, and got painted for texture.

Atlas's Mountain

Atlas's Mountain

The Mountain that is revealed when the Graffiti Wall falls.

Atlas's Mountain Close

Atlas's Mountain Close

The Mountain that is revealed when the Graffiti Wall falls.

Construction of Hanging Flowers

Construction of Hanging Flowers

These were strung up to make decorations that dressed the "Suburbia" section of the set.

Sketch of "Outside"

Sketch of "Outside"

The set was divided into four areas, "High School," "Nowhere." "Outside," and "Suburbia."

"Nowhere" (chair) and "Outside" (lawn)

"Nowhere" (chair) and "Outside" (lawn)

"Highschool," "Nowhere," and "Outside"

"Highschool," "Nowhere," and "Outside"

The set was divided into four areas, "High School," "Nowhere." "Outside," and "Suburbia."

Rehearsal of a "Highschool" Scene

Rehearsal of a "Highschool" Scene

scene: Blake chides Caleb

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

scene: Caleb and Blake at a Sleep Over

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

scene: Blake burns his memories of him and Caleb at a bonfire

Sketch Presentation

Sketch Presentation

The set was divided into four areas, "High School," "Nowhere." "Outside," and "Suburbia." Top Image: Outside and Suburbia; Bottom Image: High School, Nowhere, and Outside

Rehearsal of a "Suburbia" Scene

Rehearsal of a "Suburbia" Scene

scene: Blake and Caleb as kids in Caleb's bedroom

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

scene: Caleb and Blake reconnecting at a bar

Sketch of "High School"

Sketch of "High School"

The set was divided into four areas, "High School," "Nowhere." "Outside," and "Suburbia."

"Highschool" and "Outside"

"Highschool" and "Outside"

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

Rehearsal of an "Outside" Scene

scene: Caleb and Blake reconnecting at a bar

Hanging Origami

Hanging Origami

Hanging decorations that dressed Caleb's bedroom.

"Whirlpool" Spring 2020

Set Designer & Production Advisor

Strides Collective

by Jonathan Edmonson

General Snapshot

Set Designs; Sketches; Unrealized Content

"1000 Cranes Over Philly" Installation

Lead Artist and Designer

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

Sponsor and Partner: Wilma Theatre

Partner: Asian Arts Initiative

Rehersal of A Scene Change
Medusa's Cave Details
Rehersal of Atlas's Mountain Reveal

"The Medusa Play" Fall 2019

Set Designer

Shoebox Theatre Collective

by Ang Bey

"The Medusa Play" Videos

Additional Images

*Education Resume Available by Request

© 2021 by Ali-Dow. 
 

The Medusa Play

Detail shot of set dressing.