|John Ezell (American), “The
Mystery of Edwin Drood” By Rupert Holmes based on the novel by Charles Dickens,
2004-2005, Directed by Victoria Bussert, Choreographed by Janet Watson, The
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, courtesy of the artist|
Ezell has created stage designs for notable American dramatists, including Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, and George Abbott. His productions have been seen in such prestigious venues as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ezell is known for his experimental use of polystyrenes and vacuum-formed thermoplastics, and designs that respect the playwright’s textual components while infusing Ezell’s own sense of eclecticism, scholarship, and art history.
Ezell is the recipient of nine Critics’ Circle Awards, the Award for Experimental Television Art at the International Non-Commercial Television Festival in Milan, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Award for Excellence. Ezell is the Hall Family Foundation Professor of Design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Bold Strokes and Finesse was originally curated by Gene Emerson Friedman, assistant professor of scenic design at the University of Missouri and debuted at the 2007 State Expo in Phoenix.
Sponsored in part by FMC Corporation, UW Theatre & Dance’s Guest Artist Series (part of the Eminent-Artist-in-Residence endowment funded by the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment through the Wyoming State Legislature), and UW Art Museum Gala Funds.