Michael Lewis is a set designer originally from Chicago who enjoys working in theatre, dance, and opera. He is most excited by projects where he can collaborate on creating new worlds through design.
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel’s walls are covered with pages ripped from catalogues, selling luxuries that their family cannot afford. Looming in the background over their house is a large colorful billboard, inviting children to a world of sweets. The children venture out of their home and end up walking underneath the billboard, into the “forest.” In this forest, Hansel and Gretel find a truck filled with crates of strawberries, and eventually they get lost in the dark and fall asleep on the bed of this truck. By morning the truck has delivered them to a diner, as if, like the strawberries, they were ingredients for baking. Rooted in my research into 1930s Americana, advertising, and the archetype of the American diner, this is a “witch’s house” that promises endless desserts, safety, and warmth.
Music by: Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto by: Adelheid Wette
Venue: Deutsche Oper Berlin
Golden Boy tracks the progression of an up-and-coming boxer as he navigates the perils of fame in the corrupt world of 1960s New York. This production was designed to adhere to Covid-19 protocols.
Written by: Clifford Odets with William Gibson
Production version by: Laurence Maslon
Director: Tazewell Thompson
Produced By: NYU Tisch Grad Acting/Design
Venue: The Atlas Theatre
Drowning tells the story of three grotesque, animalistic men, who meet in a cafe and discuss love and the pain of human existence.
Written by: María Irene Fornés
Venue: Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Signature Center
Death and the King’s Horseman
Death and the King’s Horseman tells the story of Elesin, the horseman to the deceased king of the Yoruba people in colonial Nigeria, who is prevented from fulfilling his duty of self-sacrifice due to intervention by British colonialists.
Written by: Wole Soyinka
Venue: New York Theatre Workshop
Pagliacci tells the story of a troupe of performers whose personal tragedies play out both behind the scenes and onstage. The lines between performance and reality are confused when a murderous act plays out in front of their audience.