Slide show: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson's set

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  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

  • Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

Set designer Donyale Werle on BBAJ:

In the second part of our up-close-and-personal look at the design for the emo-rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (see the costume roundup here), Donyale Werle takes us through her exuberantly cluttered set, which includes taxidermied foxes, trussed-up alligators, a full band setup and scores of in-jokes. Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's musical romp through Andrew Jackson's biography required a set that spliced together 19th-century detail and a college kid's beer-can-littered basement, but Werle didn't stop there. The Public's Newman Theater is now an encompassing Merzbau-esque environment—a gigantic, meticulous construction arrived at over years of accumulation, with references to everything from high art (Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst) to whatever trash the New York streets offered up. Below, Werle comments on her work.

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