Actor Alan Rickman commented on my set design for Much Ado About Nothing by saying “I haven’t seen a set like this [in this space] since 1950”. Rickman was impressed by the realistic and the large amount that I was able to put into a space this size. Walking on stage I wanted people to feel as if they were actually in Messina. I wanted a very mediterranean feel with walkways and stairways to give the characters varied levels of entrances and exits. I wanted to give the set a feeling of life with someone always entering or leaving the stage. Creating the feeling of the constant traffic and motion that a city like this has was very important to me to reflect the story of the play.