I'm looking for a bit of lighting design advice here. This is the first time I've done any designing, and I'm not even the designer technically--but the designer knows less than I do. I'm helping out with a production of Fool for Love by Sam Shepherd. The show will be presented in a small venue. (seats for under 100) The acting will take place on the floor from wall to wall with the audience on both sides of the performance area. The performance area is probably about 20' by 10'. Here's a little picture just to make sure it's clear. ---------------- ----audience---- ----audience---- acting.......space acting.......space ----audience---- ----audience---- ---------------- Lights will be hung about 12-15 feet high, and can be positioned virtually anywhere such that they aim straight down at a 0° angle above the acting space all the way out to a 70° throw towards the audience on the opposing side. The biggest constraint in terms of positioning is that the acting space goes to the wall on each side. --- The task I'm looking for help with is developing a lighting plot in which nothing is inviting and there is an atmosphere of tension. The acting area is to be a hotel room. I've got the following ideas in my head, please tell me if I'm on the right track, or if I'm going to need some serious re-direction. 1) I'm thinking about a three-point setup with some extra cool fill. I would be looking to use 3 frensel-style fixtures (or just something with a fairly wide angle and hopefully soft light), one by the wall centered above the acting area, then two a few feet from opposing corners of the room to create a triange. See the L positions I added. ---------------- ----audience---L ----audience---- acting.......space Lacting......space ----audience---- ----audience---L ---------------- I'm looking to compliment that with two lights that have blue gels to make a pentagon shape. Think about where the u on audience is. The motivation for this is to make sure the ungelled lights aren't too warm and inviting, and to provide possibly needed fill light. With the audience all around I do have concerns with shadows. 2) Idea two is a bit less ironed out, but basically just find some place to put some lights that gives sufficient lighting for the room, then in the corners of the room put some lights with blue gels. This is a bit of a McCandless motivated idea in terms of position, but I'm thinking the warm gel that McCandless calls for wouldn't fit as a)being in a hotel room there's no reason to emulate the sun b)a warm gel is often associated with pleasing--not what I'm looking to create. I've considered suggesting 3 blue lights and 1 super-saturated red to try to emphasize the tension. --- Does it sound like I'm on the right track? Does idea one or two sound better--or another idea that I didn't have? Thanks for your help!