Thursday, August 24, 2000

Pig Parade: Stage Hams


Pig puts backstage out front

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Most Big Pig Gig artists painted a pig or added something to a pig. A few, including Jay Depenbrock, chose to put a pig in its place, in this case onstage. That's appropriate for Mr. Depenbrock and his sponsors, Cincinnati Stage Employees Local #5.

        Mr. Depenbrock, 59, of Anderson Township, has been set and lighting designer for Cincinnati Opera for 28 years and Cincinnati Ballet for 24 years. He is also known for his work for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Children's Theatre.

        This pig's pen: Aronoff Center, Walnut Street near Seventh.

        You were inspired by: This is for the stagehands. They did the construction. They helped hang the lights. They were as much a part of this as I was.

        What's the pig idea? I didn't change the pig very much, just put him in overalls and painted on the tools a stage hand uses. We put him on a ladder on a stage. The Children's Theatre contributed the lights.

        Completing the project took: A week and a half.

        What's the matter?: The regular materials that are used in building stage sets.

        Your high on the hog was: It's in just the right place, in front of a theater.

        Best pig tale: The Stage Employees Local held a raffle to pay for the pig.

        My favorite pork dish: Stuffed pork chops.

        The materials cost: $500.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Stage design is a craft.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Walter Matthau, because stagehands used to be crusty individuals, though that's changed now.
       

       

        This is 117th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles at enquirer.com. Click on the Big Pig Gig icon.

       



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