For the Center Stage production of Ugo Betti's "The Queen and the Rebels," stage designer Christopher Barreca has created an environmental set that uses two-thirds of the Head Theater space.
The audience will be part of the devastated, bombed-out town hall atmosphere that extends to all the walls of the theater. The walls are rotting slats of wood. Sandbags are piled high against a blackened brick wall. Puddles of muddy water cover the floor. A burned out refrigerator sits uselessly at one side.
"The feeling we are trying to convey is that of a war-torn European country after World War II that is being taken over by zealous revolutionaries," said Barreca. "The action takes place in a remote mountaintop village where every passing traveler is detained for ruthless interrogation and possible annihilation.