Grace Needs A Mirror
Written and Performed by Joyce Lu
Highway Performance Space, Los Angeles

Scenic Design by Carlo Maghirang
Projection Design by Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh
Lighting Design by Wen-ling Liao
Sound Design by Jesse Mandapat


Grace Needs a Mirror is an autobiographical play by Joyce Lu, in which she explores how institutional violence marks bodies and psyches from one life to the next; furthermore from there to discuss the relationship between fear and liberation. 

Design Concept & Process
I was moved by Joyce's personal story. In my design I tried to undertake the unspoken parts of her struggles and psychological landscapes. Through the dramatic and stylized body movement, the videos acted as her self-portrait. In they play, they were also 'her mirror' reflecting her inner-self and emotional state. 
Opening scene
Opening scene
Past life as a drug dealer?
Past life as a drug dealer?
Locked up in the mental hospital
Locked up in the mental hospital
Dream sequence
Dream sequence
Am I in David Lynch's Inland Empire?
Am I in David Lynch's Inland Empire?