With three Dora Awards and 20 other nominations to his credit, designer Steve Lucas is one Toronto theatre artist with a high visual profile -- even if you don't know what he looks like. Here are his thoughts on some of his key productions.
PEEP SHOW (2001, Buddies) -- "The biggest production budget I've ever had for a not-for-profit show, though it still wasn't enough by half. In a word: ambitious."
BOXHEAD (2000, Factory Studio) -- "I'm looking forward to programming the upcoming revival (next month at Passe Muraille) with a computer lighting board. For the first version I used a manual board to do 200 cues. Most shows have about 60."
POOR SUPER MAN (1995, Canadian Stage) -- "My first design showed every single location in the play, but director Derek Goldby told me just to give him a big bed, make it pretty and not get in his way."
DAS RHEINGOLD (1995, Theatre Centre) -- "The craziest show I've ever worked on. We painted the floor clean white each day, since it was covered with blood -- the actors threw around a cow's heart -- dirt and broken glass after each performance."
SLEEPROOM (1993, Theatre Passe Muraille) -- "We used every inch of the theatre for a production that was way too big for its own good -- too many writers, too many spaces, too many audience members. My single worst experience in the theatre, and I hope I never top it."