The play centers around Ben, a 26-year-old banker, who is dating Emily, but has also started seeing Chris, a college student, on the side. Ben is torn between who he has always believed himself to be and who he may discover he is. Will Van Dyke wrote original music for STRAIGHT,
The design was a balance between the actualization of Will Van Dyke's original compositions in scenic transitions and creating the world of Ben's Boston apartment (hint: lots of Patriots games.) Will created a really beautiful palette in the transitions that allows the emotion of the scene to linger, while still propelling us forward. My aural landscape aimed to do the same during the scenes. The play needed very little: it's a well-written, well-paced piece, so the goal was to support and punctuate the story without getting in the way of the text. A piece like this needs a design that will go almost unnoticed.