As I was photographing Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program event last week, I began exploring the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. I got to climb up to different platforms, peek out from the curtains and roam the backstage — and I discovered the strange juxtaposition of the beautiful and the industrial that exists in this old theater tucked into the Michigan League. The audience only sees one perspective of the stage and theater, so I tried to capture several perspectives of the space.

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