Cass Calder Smith designed the set for Joe Goode’s latest work, When We Fall Apart, which premiered at Z Space, June 14-30, 2012. This isn’t typical background scenery at all; the set interacts with the performers as an essential aspect of the performance. It transforms the physical space of the theater away from a traditional ‘single direction’ seating arrangement into more of a ‘theater in the round’ configuration.
Here is a collection of Cass Smith’s original design process sketches from his collaboration with Joe Goode, documenting the conceptualization and development of this ambitious piece of work. The drawings and notes are pen and pencil on paper, and were drawn in 2010 and 2011.
As When We Fall Apart explores the intricate and fragile relationship between house and body, and what defines a “home”, Goode and Smith wanted to make this iconic symbol of stability (a house), unstable. This design emerged as a distillation of various sketches, meetings, and emails between Goode and Cass. Its centerpiece is a house is constructed of pinewood slats that function like venetian blinds, affording a transparency to the structure. The set design also includes an upside down tree, strip of green lawn, and a table.