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A.Okun_Theatrical Design Book 3.7.17

A.Okun_Theatrical Design Book 3.7.17

Keywords: POINT OF VIEW Design for Theater,By Alexander L. Okun

Leaving The Theater When Play Is Over

Directed by A. Remizova at Vakhtangov Theater, Moscow, 1977

Soviet military guard uniform
Photo from production

ZEKS by M. Rasa Directed by Jonas Jurasas I Theater for the New City, NYC, 1981 Poster

The Tempest


The Tempest by W. Shakespeare, Directed by Stan Wojewodski Jr, Center Stage Theater, Baltimore MD, 1987

The Three Sisters Playbill for opening night

The Three Sisters Directed by Zelda Fichandler, Arena Stage, Washington D.C, 1984

Nutcracker Ballet By P. Tchaikovsky I Divertissement I Choreography by Regina Zaphin,

Department of Ballet, University of Utah I Backdrop

Nutcracker Ballet Backdrop fragment

Nutcracker Ballet Butterflies & Russian Winter Dance

Eastern Dance, Costume sketches

The Cherry Orchard Top: Rendering I Bottom: Photo from stage

The Cherry Orchard By A. Chekhov I Directed by Ron Jenkins, Williamstown Theater, MA.,

1985, Scale model

The Village of Stepanchikovo Costume sketches

The Village of Stepanchikovo

By F. Dostoevski I Directed by V. Bogomolov, Moscow Art Theater, 1968
Top: Set rendering I Bottom: Model

The Village of Stepanchikovo Costume sketches

The Village of Stepanchikovo By Feodor Dostoyevsky I Top: A. Okun with model, 1967

Put Upon Apostle

By Makaenok I Directed by E. Radomyslensky, Moscow Satire Theater, 1969
Top: Set rendering I Bottom: Model

Six Degrees of Separation

By J. Guare I Directed by David Saint, Seattle Repertory Theater, 1993

The Voice of a Prairie

By John Olive I Directed by Norman Rene, Hartford Stage, CA, 1987
Conceptual drawing

La Voix Humaine

The Opera, Music by Francis Poulenc I Directed by Sergi P. Tschernisch, Boston Lyric Opera Co,
(at North Eastern University Place) 1986, Photo from production

Nora Asolo plan

Set fragment Nora Conceptual drawing


Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation I Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” I Directed by Margaret
Booker, Geva Theater, Rochester, NY, 1992 & Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota,
FL 1993

Costume sketches

Komandor’s Steps

By Korostylyov I Directed by A. Remizova, Vakhtangov Theater, Moscow 1972,

Scene: Puskins’s apartment

Komandor’s Steps

Conceptual drawings and scene transformation to the last scene

Komandor’s Steps

Final scene


A short time later, there magically
appears out of the dark a huge inverse
pyramid with mirrored walls, and here
our story will be played out. Lightscapes
are projected in this space to represent,
as the case may be, a woodland lake in
the morning mist, a steaming jungle or a
cave with gruesome images on its walls,
where Shridaman and Nanda decapitate
themselves in a frenzy of guilt and passion.
Betweentimes the pyramid astounds us
with shifting kaleidoscopic patterns.
Occasionally large Gossamer butterflies
swoop around the audience on flexible

stunning open pyramid, its walls and floor;
mirrored to multiply the images, she casts the fabulous cave
and forest adventures as distant, dreamy events where
Mann’s thought can be represented by refracted light and


Transposed Heads

Philadelphia Music Theater Festival, 1986

Transposed Heads

The musical based on the Thomas Mann Novel I Directed by Julie Taymor, Mitzi Newhouse
Lincoln Center, New York, NY, 1986

Without Dowry

by A. Ostroysky, Directed by R. Rakhlin, Tula Drama Center, Russia 1972

Without Dowry

Top: Front elevation for Agudalova’s scene I Bottom: Final scene

Without Dowry

Costume sketches


The musical by A. Zhurbin, directed by V. Cherkov, Altai Regional Drama Theater, 1980


Costume sketches

Penelope During a visit to the theater where “Penelope” was going to be playing,
I met a handsome and funny actor who was not in the show. I made a
Character sketch proposition to the Director to create a role for this actor. As such, my
proposal created the “mute Kentavr” character who was never part of the
script. In his role as “Kentavr” he was Penelope’s servant, also her bench
and her “transportation”. He also tended to all of her desires and needs
throughout her time on stage. His role lent a comedic character to her
overall tragic persona.


Costume sketches


Nuage Circus on stage I Directed by Ned Goldberg, Proposal

Traditional Russian street puppet show

Cirque at Busch Gardens Design concept

Cirque at Busch Gardens By Director Ned Goldberg

Cirque at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA

Cirque Proscenium Towers, left side, Bush Gardens

Cirque Proscenium Towers, right side, Bush Gardens

Cirque Stage elements, “sun & moon” air puppets

Cirque Clown air puppets

Cirque Kaleidoscope on stage, invisible juggler with musical balls

Cirque Pets theater

Cirque Pets theater

Cirque Clown costumes

House of Magicians Audience inside transformation from Hall to Garden, NYC

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