So in November I am lighting a production of The Women of Lockerbie that is going to be entered in this years Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) competion. It's going to be a lot of fun and I've got some pretty good idea's. The concept for the play is the broken, fractured and torn pieces of society as this town in throw into turmoil after this plane crash. It's supposed to be very abstract. My biggest thing I have to do is make the river that flows through the middle of the set. It doesn't need to be a real river and the director wants it done with light. My favorite idea so far is to make the river out of 3ft wide sheets of jagged, wavy and possibly cracked Plexiglas and then light the Plexiglas from the edge, shooting light into it like it was a fiber optic cable and illuminating it with a nice blue to make it look like "water," it doesn't have to look like real water but it needs to be understood that it is water. My question though is what would be the best way to go about send the light through the edge of the plexiglass to illuminate it much like these. Edge lit transparent Acrylic panels I don't really have much if any of a budget for lighting so I can't go spending hundreds of dollars on equipment. Was hoping I could do it using what we have, i.e. Source Four's, and such. I was thinking of taking a Source Four Jr, placing it on it's side and shooting it into the Plexi using some pieces of metal in the gel holder to block any spill and create a slit for the plexi to fit into. This should guide the light into the plexi. Another Idea I had was to slide rope lights into a slit around the edge of a frame that will hold the plexi in place. I think the second idea would work better...but I'm not so sure I can afford 100ft of rope light. Anyways, hoping for some idea's, any idea's are welcome! If you need any more information I would be happy to provide it.