Meet the Team of Boeing Boeing – Richard Hatfield is Lighting Designer

richard1. Who are you? Richard Hatfield
2. What is your role on this production? I am the lighting designer for the show. I get the pleasure of watching what the director has done with the show and working with her to com up with lighting that will compliment the show. The lighting provides one of the many layers that help captivate the audience and bring them into our little adventure.
3. What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? I started theatre in 1991 (at Walterdale). I started by assisting a friend who was designing lights for a show. Since then, I have stage managed, built sets, assisted with lights, run lights and sound, designed lights among many other activities. For many years, I have averaged working around 8 shows a year in many capacities and since 2010, I have been the technical director at Walterdale.
4. What made you want to do this show? I love the character Robert! When I first read this play, I totally connected with that character and the story. It is an absolutely hilarious story and I want to be a part of bringing it to life.
5. Why do you think people should come see this show? What will they take away from it?  This show is fun and is sure to keep you laughing for most of the evening. After the first read, I found myself chuckling about some of the antics in the show for days. As far as what you take away from this show, “betrayal WILL come back to haunt you.” In this case, in a very funny way.
6. This play’s plot is complicated by airline layovers. Got any funny/sad/frustrating layover stories? Got any funny travel adventures? I used to travel a lot for work. One trip in particular was to Shanghai, China (in early ’90s). The travel agent had booked the flights with a connector to a different airline in Tokyo. This layover was only 45 minutes, and we were bucking a head wind most of the way from Vancouver. By the time the plane landed in Tokyo, we were 40 minutes late. We parked on the tarmac and took a bus to the terminal. Once I got in, I only knew where I had to go, but not how to get there. I stopped and asked they young fellows holding machine guns where to go. As I sprinted from one side of the airport to the other, I was wondering if I was going to be stuck in Tokyo. Once I got to the departing gate, the people took my paperwork and then put me on a bus that proceeded to drop me off at a plane that was about 200 feet from the plane I just got off of!

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