Good deed lands `Angels’ wings in museum

Here’s an inspiring story that comes from the folks at The Museum of Performance & Design in San Francisco, who recently came to the rescue of set and costume designer Sandra Woodall after she was evicted from the studio she had worked in for the past forty years.

With very little notice, Woodall, an internationally renowned designer whose work includes the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America in 1991 at the Eureka Theatre (seen at right), was desperate to find a home for over 180 boxes and containers of sketches, designs and costumes from throughout her career.

The Museum of Performance & Design, which has a long-standing relationship with Woodall and has exhibited her work, was delighted to have the designer establish her archive at the Museum. Among many items now joining the Museum’s collection is the original set of “wings” used in Angels in America, which the Museum is hoping to display in a future exhibition.

Woodall will work closely with the Museum to catalog and process the archive, which is not only a treasure-trove of Bay Area theater and dance from the past four decades, but also includes international designs Woodall has created for the Bolshoi Ballet and other world-class companies.

The Museum of Performance and Design (formerly the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum) is in the Veterans Building, Fourth Floor, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.
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