by Noel Coward
Designing for Present Laughter is like carefully composing the score for a brilliant opera. Noel Coward's language is witty, elegant and precise, and the biggest task for a designer is to enhance both character and language. To create the stage for this witty banter to ebb and flow, I first created an environment that was as bitchy and snobby as Mr. Coward himself. For inspiration, I looked to the 1930's interior designer, Dorothy Draper. Her style of oversized Baroque accents with bold uses of pattern and color were exactly what was needed to create a foundation of elegance and sophistication for Mr. Coward's characters.