I AM THEATRE: Neil Patel

Uploaded by IAmTheatre on 23.02.2012

In 1995, I designed the set for "The Adding Machine" which was directed by Anne Bogart.
I had a large wallpaper panel - it was 40 feet wide, 8 feet tall and it descended out
of the grid and rotated downstage to create defined interiors. It was sort of an interestingly
challenging piece to have. But the moment that I knew it would work, when we were in
the theater, in technical rehearsals, Darron West, the sound designer, had designed this
sound that went with the movement of it. And the first time that it happened it was kind
of a great revelation in the way that the design elements together create a moment that
was unexpected.
What keeps you alive, I think, creatively is always a certain level of fear that you're
doing something that won't work, that is maybe unconventional, or unusual, or maybe ill-guided.
But it's nonetheless, sometimes those are the best ideas. And I think what makes that
then possible or for that fear not to completely overwhelm you is always having the right collaborators,
having the people who will give you the confidence to make the daring idea work.
I'm Neil Patel and I AM THEATRE.