EXCLUSIVE: Derek McLane Brings the Beltway to Broadway in The Parisian Woman
The Tony-winning scenic designer takes us behind the scenes at his latest project at the Hudson Theatre.
What does it take to bring the glamour of Washington, DC, society to Broadway?
In Beau Willimon's new play, The Parisian Woman, designer Derek McLane transforms the stage of the Hudson Theatre into several stately Beltway mansions, as well as the sitting room of a glitzy hotel. It's a series of sets befitting a celebrated company, headed by Hollywood favorite Uma Thurman in her Broadway debut.
In this new exclusive video, McLane takes us on a tour of his drawing rooms and discusses his inspiration for each one.
The political drama is set in Washington after the 2016 election, where Chloe (Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, is coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and stakes couldn't be higher.
The creative team for The Parisian Woman includes Tony winner Derek McLane (scenic design), Tony winner Jane Greenwood (costume design), Tony winner Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Darrel Maloney (projections), and Broken Chord (sound design and original composition).
Willimon's inspiration for The Parisian Woman comes from French dramatist Henri Becque's controversial play La Parisienne, which debuted in Paris in 1885. The Parisian Woman was commissioned and developed by the Flea Theater in New York City and was originally produced by South Coast Repertory Theatre.