Never fear podcast listeners…this Beowulf is way cooler than an 11th century warrior, it’s Beowulf Boritt! Beowulf tells us about his massive set for ‘Act One’ at Lincoln Center and what 100,000 lbs of scenery feels like spinning on a 60′ turntable. Cory and Beowulf discuss his vast array of other shows including ‘Chaplin’, ‘Grace’, ‘Spelling Bee’, ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ and, wait for it, the Circus! Learn what mistakes Beowulf admits that he keeps making, why Ed Asner called him the Angel of Death, and how tall a doorway needs to be to accommodate an elephant. Learning is fun!
Beowulf Boritt’s Broadway credits include The Scottsboros Boys (Tony Nom), LoveMusik, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Twenty-Fifth… Spelling Bee, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Grace, Bronx Bombers, and The Two and Only. He designed the New York City Opera’s production of Brecht/Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Hal Prince and Susan Stroman’s production of Paradise Found in London.
Off-Broadway, Beowulf has designed over fifty productions, including the original production of The Last Five Years, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, The Toxic Avenger, Miss Julie, Murder for Two, Fat Camp, Side Effects, In A Dark, Dark House, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Blue Flower. He has designed scenery for Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, The Vineyard Theatre, Manhattan Class Company, The Pearl Theatre, and The New Group.
His work has been seen In Europe, Asia, and Australia. Across the United States he has designed for The Guthrie Theatre ACT, The Old Globe, Trinity Repertory Company, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinatti Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival and many others. He has twice designed the scenery for The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Beowulf has been honored with an Audelco award, a Barrymore award, three Drama Desk nominations, two Lucille Lortel nominations and four Henry Hewes nominations for his designs. In 2007, he was honored with an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Set Design.