3/4/15, 10:30pm, Adams Playhouse
I really adore the lighting for 5.5 of Richard II — the scene where Richard is alone in his cell. The choice to have the light pour in from the floor instead of the ceiling reinforces that his world has been turned upside down. It is so cathartic and actually very helpful as an actor to have such ambient lighting to find the headspace of the character.
The lighting is intense, as it shoots through the trapdoor, but also warm and gentle. It lends itself to introspection and rite of passage; perfect for a man finally realizing that no man will “be pleas’d / Till he be eas’d with being nothing.”