Charity Randall Theatre. Stephen Foster Memorial. University of Pittsburgh Stages. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Video Design | Joe Spinogatti

Lighting Design | Jessica Smith

Sound Design | Casey Dalsass

Scenic Design | Zev Woskoff

Costume Design | Minjee Kasckow

Director | Cynthia Croot


As the final number “Let the Sunshine In” swells to a climax, and the overhead projections, which previously had been archival photographs or footage of napalm bombing, change to BLM protesters, consent activists, and other contemporary social issues, the immediacy of production becomes clear. “At what age did you lose your compassion?” a sign hanging in the balcony questioned. And it’s as valid now as it ever was. In the end, there are no races, no nations, no “other” to fear. There is only The Tribe.
Hair, University of Pittsburgh Stages | Elanor Ruth Smith, Critic – PA Theatre Guide


The theater department’s intense production plans paid off, with the front half of a bus sticking out into the middle of the stage and gridiron columns traced with vines anchoring the set. The rest of the show’s effects rely on video projections, especially in the groovy “Walking in Space.” The tribe gets high, and the stage itself turns into a magnificent lava lamp, painting the whole room in a host of trippy colors, the stage shining with orange, red and blue.
Hair, University of Pittsburgh Stages | Matt Maielli, Citic/Senior Staff Writer – The Pitt News


All this nudging builds to the finale when the cast joins hands, singing “Let the Sun Shine In,” a symphonic flower child anthem of hope. During the song, there’s a projection of images from the present: young black men with hands up, police lights shining off their faces, as well as protesters hoisting signs that read, “REAL MEN DON’T RAPE” and “REFUGEES WELCOME, RACISTS GO HOME,” fully realizing the timelessness of “Hair.”
Hair, University of Pittsburgh Stages | Matt Maielli, Citic/Senior Staff Writer – The Pitt News



This is a sample of content created for the LSD Trip during ‘Walking In Space’ in Hair. The inspiration for this came from the Joshua Light Shows created by Joshua White which served as backdrops for musical acts including Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. This is created using oil and water between two pieces of convex glass. The bottom dish is lit underneath and the top piece of convex glass is undulated across the mixture, creating a multitude of effects. This was filmed using a Canon T3i pointed straight down.