Q: What do a Tony Award-winning set designer and MFTA have in common?

A:  Showman Fabricators!

MFTA donors (and Long Island City neighbors) Showman Fabricators helped Donyale Werle build her set for Peter and the Starcatcher, which won the Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Play last night. Showman has continuously donated to MFTA since 1999, dropping off everything from theater equipment and tools to fabric and office supplies. Some of it may have gone back to your organization!

In the video above – produced by Playbill – Ms. Werle gives a tour of her set under construction at Showman’s warehouse. She incorporated all kinds of recycled materials in her set design. A closer look at her ornate, gilded proscenium reveals that it is made of chains, plastic bottles, buttons, zippers, and even kitchen utensils. Ms. Werle and her team recreated the proscenium used in the downtown production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at New York Theater Workshop (also MFTA recipients). Many of the decorative elements on that proscenium came from reused items from MFTA. The set’s floor is made of old scaffolds from our friends at Build It Green, and fire-damaged doors found on a sidewalk were also incorporated into the scenery. Ms. Werle’s enchanting set design shows that with a little bit of imagination one person’s trash truly can become another’s treasure.

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