Clay Creates Set for "The Pajama Game"

Written by Laura Paskin
January 19, 2017

Professor Carol Wolfe Clay is designing the sets for the critically acclaimed musical The Pajama Game. The play runs from February 10 to March 5, 2017, at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre.
The Pajama Game centers on a conflict between labor and management at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. With music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, The Pajama Game won three Tony Awards, including Best Choreography (Bob Fosse) and Best Musical. The score includes such hits as “Steam Heat,” "Hernando’s Hideaway,” and “Hey There.” Since opening on Broadway in 1954, The Pajama Game has been produced by theatre companies throughout the world, including a recent revival in London, England.
“The setting is a 1950’s Midwest pajama factory, with brick walls and red steel trusses providing a framework for all," Clay said. "The variety of locales from the shop floor to Babe’s ‘modern’ kitchen, the company picnic in the park to the dark Hernando’s Hideaway are all set within this colorful industrial space.”
Clay, who received her MFA in dramatic art-design from the University of California at Davis, joined the faculty at Seattle University in 1986. She is theatre professor, scenic designer, and director of graduate practicums in the MFA in Arts Leadership program in the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.
Clay has designed over 50 university productions. In addition, her designs have been seen at Seattle Children's Theatre, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, upstart crow collective, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, The Empty Space Theatre, New City Theatre, Seattle International Children's Festival, and the Group Theatre. In 2011, Clay and fellow Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg received a City Artists Grant for little world. Clay is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the Puppeteers of America.