Maquette for The Beggar's Opera

Maker and role
Artist: Tony Straiges, American, born 1942
Year
ca. 1979

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Media/materials
Wood, metal, and found objects, with gouache on paper and board
Measurements
16 1/2 x 25 1/4 x 22 1/2in (41.9 x 64.1 x 57.2cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
Accession number
TL1999.317
Object type
Department
Location
Theatre production information
Opera written by John Gay, with ballads, arias, hymns, and folk tunes arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch. Produced by the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 1979.
Further information
Wooden trusses created a loft for the orchestra and provided a fly space for propls. Everything the hero Macheath needed for his sham wedding to Polly was suspended above the stage. a gown and wig, oriental carpet, silver candleabra -- all were lowered as easily as they had been "lifted" from the rich by Macheath's gang.

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