How two theaters sprouted seven more
From the February, 2012 issue
When Russ Schwartz, an apprentice at the Performance Network Theatre, helped build faux bricks for the set of the theater's 2009 production of Fences, he found the sheer size of the task daunting. "You cut a board of foam into rectangles, and then carve each piece to make it unique. Then, they get painted, stapled to the wall, and painted again," he recalls.