The press usually needs theater publicity photos long before the sets are finished, and that sometimes presents a challenge for the photographer. A partially constructed set sometimes works as part of the story of preparing the play, but usually, bits of the last production’s set are still on stage and can seem a little jarring in a photo. In such cases, I try to move in close and find an angle with minimal background distraction. I’m quite happy to settle for a black background if I can get it.
The Elite Theatre Company‘s Annual One ACT Festival, which runs through February 6, has to get seven plays on and off stage in a timely manner. Sets and props are minimal. Absorbed by the talent of the actors, playgoers willingly suspend their disbelief during the show, and don’t notice that the couple in the canoe, or the women visiting Rome, or the hunters in the woods, all appear to be in a green-walled living room. In a photo, however, it just doesn’t work.