Desert at Night Theater
Immersive Story Theater
San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego – 2014
In the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Coast to Cactus in Southern California exhibit, this immersive theater experience depicts two children, Michael and Nina, camping in the desert and hearing the sounds of all the animals that come out at night. Projections are mapped onto the tent surface, sky, and rock and portray the children as silhouettes in the tent as well as many of the animals – either realistically or as they are imaged in the minds of the characters. As the story unfolds, the children discover how busy the desert really is at night and what an interesting mix of creatures come out to prey and play.
The script for Desert at Night is a blended mix of English and Spanish and the characters move fluidly between both languages. It is written in a way so that the story can be understood completely by native speakers of either language.
Producing, creative and technical direction, editing, sound design, media and system design
Exhibit development, design, and fabrication: Science Museum of Minnesota