[...] Michael took this circuitous route - he would send me all these photos and images, asking me what does this bring up for you? By not jumping right into what the director wanted the final set to look like, but instead how he responded emotionally and intellectually to visual images, Raiford was able to come up with an innovative vision for the play - a stage wrapped in a shiny black laminate material that made it look like black ice. First thing I like to say is 'You have $ 1 50 for the set, does that scare you?' It's like Project Runway; I have to lay down the rules of the challenge right away. How did they come into contact with the project?" Usually Smucker will have on hand a few visual images at that first meeting, but will keep them aside until he sees where the conversation goes.\n Costume designer Sarah Harlett adds, "I ask about the style of the show and about the other design elements.