Virginia Varland

Costume Design

Scenic Designs

Don Giovanni

An Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The music of Don Giovanni is so sumptuous and invigorating that it functions as seduction, heightening the story. I support the augmentation of the music by employing economies of scale in the main framing device of a colossal baroque frame, whose ever-changing art provides tone and comments on Don Giovanni’s conquests and the resonating theme of object versus life ever present in his pursuits.  


A Play by Samuel Beckett

Theoretical Design

I drew inspiration for my design of Endgame directly from Clov’s opening and closing parallel soliloquies: “Grain upon grain, one by one, and one day, suddenly, there's a heap, a little heap, the impossible heap."  In order to support Clov’s actions, I framed Clov and Hamm ‘s room as bottom globe of a macrocosmic hourglass running its course while Clov repeats his increasingly desperate routine to keep from being buried under the impossible heap. All I aim to do is to set the scene for the story and watch as the clock runs out.

Doctor faustus lights the lights

An Opera Libretto by Gertrude Stein

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights is a story about man’s uncanny ability to destroy himself through invention. I approached the story as a feminist inversion of the Adam and Eve story, in which Doctor Faustus’ downfall lies in his creation of glaring electric light (knowledge), while conversely Marguerite Ida and Helena Annabelle’s creation of illuminating candlelight light is her salvation. I designed Doctor Faustus’ study as a shoebox room of artifice nestled within an empty, unnatural void. When he finds he can no longer control his invention a cataclysm shatters his world and he retreats into the void, to hell, as nature takes over.