A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer (at the Signature Theatre) is the story of a fourteen year old boy, Charlie, searching for his own identity on the shores of Lake Erie during the summer of 1945. He finds an mentor in the form of Anna, an eccentric artist who encourages him to “find his potential.” Director Jim Simpson’s concept involved a constant awareness of the playwright’s creative process, which gave birth to Michael Yeargan’s simple and elegant angled white set – a giant piece of paper. Through projections, we see the complexities of Charlie’s summer echoed in a visual journey of type, color, and texture.
Written by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Jim Simpson