on a recent day in june, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s staff hustles about preparing
for its upcoming production of Titus Andronicus.
The energy is palpable inside the company’s massive Florham Park home, where set design, costume
creation and rehearsals proceed apace. Previews
begin in three weeks, and there’s still a lot to do.
In the warehouse-like set-design shop, orange
and blue sparks fly as technical director Zac Blitz
welds the frame for an 18-foot-tall Roman helmet
that will serve as a platform on stage.
Down the hallway, calming music plays in the
costume shop as stitcher Christina Lockerby
feeds what will be a military jacket into her
buzzing sewing machine. Her coworkers are
buzzing too, constructing harnesses, belts and
mock-ups of costumes based on award-winning
designer Yao Chen’s sketches, which are pinned
Behind the Curtain
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey needed a place for
its stuff. It found that, and rehearsal and design space to boot,
in an old valve factory in Florham Park. By Jacqueline Klecak
Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Bonnie J. Monte has turned her vision into reality.