Carey Wong on Display
by Amy Reiter
The work of Pacific Northwest stage designer Carey Wong is the subject of a retrospective exhibit entitled Re-created Worlds: The Collaborative Vision of Stage Design, which will travel throughout the US during the 1993-94 performing arts seasons. Upcoming stops include Center House in Seattle Center and Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Organized by the Corvallis Arts Center in Corvallis, OR in 1992 and presented by Visual Arts Resources, the show features scenic and costume designs by Wong commissioned between 1980 and 1992 primarily by Pacific Northwest companies including Seattle Opera, Portland Opera (where Wong was Resident Designer for eight seasons), Anchorage Opera, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Eugene Opera, Tacoma Opera, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Portland [Portland Center Stage], as well as designs from the new Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts in Little rock, AR, where he is currently Resident Designer (and where the exhibit will be displayed at the opening of its new theatre in June 1996). Re-created Worlds explores the collaborative and developmental process involved in stage design starting from a designer's preliminary research and rough sketches through the model stage and ending with the sets and costumes that finally appear onstage.