After jury duty, I headed to the Museum of the Chinese in America to see a special exhibit about set designer Ming Cho Lee. I loved seeing sets for Delacorte Theater productions that were "before my time". When I was 16, my family had a subscription for the first season at the Public Theater so it was also fun to see the set for the premiere of Hair that season. (I am waiting for a revival of that season's Hamlet).
The highlight was meeting Mr Lee in person. I told him that his sets for other productions made me want to visit other regional theaters. I also realized why my special time in the theater (the magic time) starts when the lights go down and ends when I get the first glance of the set that will be my home away from home for the next couple of hours.
Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Public Theater. I hope Mr Lee and his sets are part of the festivities and I hope Mr Lee gets to see next year's pageant play whatever it is.
(Can you arrange that Oskar Eustis ?)