how you would direct it if you were staging Twilight in a theater or directing it as a film. What kind of setting would you choose?
I think it would be really fun to recreate the forest on stage. I would use real tree branches and dappled lighting effects. Maybe some fog machine magic? Since it takes place in the Pacific Northwest. I picture it as a very grey and green set. For scenes in the school and in the interior of people's houses, I think a few props and furniture, and minimal sets would be plenty to get the idea across. Lighting would be very important in this play, it has to be sort of grey and overcast looking, but I think a lot could be done to try to make it a light, white, natural looking light.
At some level, I think the riots, themselves, have to be part of the staging. The premise of the work is that what happened in the unrest of 1992 Los Angeles. If I were directing it as a play or stage drama, I would make sure that at some point, there were some reminders of the riots. I think this would enhance the idea that the unrest in Los Angeles happened in large part outside of the King decision. When communities are left neglected and in disarray, there is rage and anger which is ready to percolate to the surface. One of the ideas brought out in the work is that the King decision was the flash point for something that had been brewing for some time. This might come out in a red type of background or lighting on stage. The vehicle can be expressed in multiple forms, but I would try to bring this out in my staging, as I believe it to be a critical aspect of the work.
That is an interesting question. If Twilight was produced on stage, I would have to say that:
1. There must be some good scene changes. One of the best ways to do this is through lighting and video projections. I've seen this done in a play called, Walk in the Park with George. The scenery was excellently done.
2. I would also use translucent curtains to create effect. I think a dreamlike quality might be nice.
3. I would also slope the stage to give some depth.
4. Finally, I would keep the theater dark or give it a midnight blue look.
Lighting would be a crucial point in the production of a theater version of Twilight. For the Cullen I would want to bring out the coldness and mysterious allure they have so the best way to make that happen would probably be by lowering the lights whenever they come on stage and adding small traces of smog. Also it would probably be a little difficult for the scenes that have a lot of action to seem realistic so my best bet would be to invest a lot into strings that will allow them to move around and maybe some stage magic here and there to make them seem like they're running really fast.