Maquette for The Beggar's Opera

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

Wood, metal, and found objects, with gouache on paper and board
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
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Theatre production
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.
Theatre Design & Technology; Winter 2014; p. 39-40


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