Set Design: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


How can one stage turn into so many worlds? It was the idea of Director Marcella Crowson to set Edward Tulane in an attic. Scenic Designer Polly Robbins elaborates on the concept and why she thought it was “absolutely the right choice."

POLLY: “Attic spaces on the one hand are ordinary and ignored spaces that we don't include when we think of that feeling of home, but at the same time, they contain such riches... everything from the most practical items (rolled up rugs or stored suit cases) to irreplaceable mementos (boxes of photographs or treasured childhood toys)."

"Seeing how the storytellers transport the audience from one location to another by using only the things that surround them is real theater magic…The attic setting provides an unexpectedly graceful place for Edward's personal journey, learning importance of love and relationships, to unfold.”

Once it was the fully realized, the set came together to help beautifully tell the tale of Edward's Miraculous Journey. One of our live-sketchers said, "It's as if the story began long before we took our seats."