Curse of The Starving Class
9/18 The Catastrophic Theatre
By Sam Shepard
2019 Houston Press Theater Award- Best Lighting Design
Director: Jeff Miller
Set Designer: Ryan McGettigan
Costume Designer: Macy Lyne
Lighting Designer: J. Mitchell Cronin
Sound Designer: Tim Thomson
Props Designer: Lauren Davis
Photographer: Anthony Rathbun
By D. L. Groover, Natalie De La Garze, Jessica Goldman, Margaret Downing- Houston Press Theater Awards 2019, Best Lighting, The Catastrophic Theatre, Curse of The Starving Class
"There’s the way Cronin’s work seemed to add an extra layer of grime to the already filthy family farm. There was his subtle but dramatic handling of the multiple monologues the script required, giving each their “spotlight” without ever being overt about it. The way a glaring light from an empty refrigerator offered first blush promise but revealed only emptiness.
At its most noticeable best, Cronin’s lighting enhanced our dread, fear, and resignation. In its more subtle moments, it added to the feeling that this farm and the family who occupied it were rotting from the inside out"
By D. L. Groover- The Houston Press, The Catastrophic Theatre's Curse Of The Starving Class
"In the play's most stirring and stunning moment, Wesley, naked, carries his lamb across the kitchen and out to be slaughtered. Bathed in J. Mitchell Cronin's iconic lighting, it's a vision ripped from Genesis. You can't miss the obvious, for it's a powerfully theatrical image."
By Audrey Morabito- Broadway World, The Catastrophic Theatre's Curse Of The Starving Class
"Sound Designer Tim Thomson and Lighting Designer J. Mitchell Cronin were an exceptional team. The very first note I wrote down about the show was regarding the unity of sound and light right from the get-go. With a team like this, even something as simple as transitions between scenes become an artistic feat."