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Ralph Funicello

 
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Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Scenic Designer
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1998]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1980]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Assistant Scenic Designer

 

Stage

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 2005]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 2005]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 2004]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 2003]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 2001]
Scenic Designer

[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1998]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 1980]
Scenic Designer

[Broadway, 1971]
Assistant Scenic Designer


Ralph Funicello Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Set Design
Ralph Funicello, Henry IV
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Scenic Design
Ralph Funicello, Henry IV
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Set Designs - Play Gold Star
Ralph Funicello, Henry IV (LCT)
 
The Lortels - 2001 - Outstanding Scenic Design
Ralph Funicello, Ten Unknowns

Ralph Funicello News

Broadway Books: 10 Books on Set Design to Read While Staying Inside! Photo Broadway Books: 10 Books on Set Design to Read While Staying Inside!
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2020

These books, many of which were written by current or former set designers, take a deep dive into what the art is all about, how to get started, what research goes into the craft, and even how to design on a budget!

BWW Review: Updated M. BUTTERFLY Springs to Life at South Coast Repertory Photo BWW Review: Updated M. BUTTERFLY Springs to Life at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - May 31, 2019

To close out its 55th season, Orange County's Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is mounting David Henry Hwang's intriguing and mysterious play M. BUTTERFLY, using the playwright's much more layered and riveting 2017 Broadway revival as its source material. Marked assuredly by powerful, gripping performances, this admirable OC staging---directed with clarifying precision by Desdemona Chiang that continues through June 8 in Costa Mesa---keeps you at the edge of your seat, as it unpacks a story filled with wobbly uncertainties and vague declarations. A beautifully complex production that echoes sentiments of gender conformity/fluidity crossed with geopolitical issues that still resonate in today's ever-changing world, M. BUTTERFLY---particularly with this strong new update instituted by the original playwright himself---is definitely worth seeing.

M. BUTTERFLY Closes South Coast Repertory's Season Photo M. BUTTERFLY Closes South Coast Repertory's Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 23, 2019

David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, a tale of obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy, will conclude South Coast Repertory's 2018-19 season. Hwang's break-out hit-a Tony Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist-is about more than steamy seduction and fantasy; inspired by a true account, it's a compelling story of espionage, East-West relations and betrayal. Desdemona Chiang, in her SCR debut, directs the show on the Segerstrom Stage, May 11-June 8. Tickets are available online at www.scr.org.

BWW Blog: USITT and the Tech Olympics Photo BWW Blog: USITT and the Tech Olympics
by Student Blogger: Adam Parrocha - Apr 2, 2019

Where else can you find fog machines, winches, moving lights, outrageous fabrics and theatre lovers? Studio 54 in its heyday? No need to go back in time - all that and more were on display at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology's annual conference.

Photo Flash: First Look at Tom Hanks in HENRY IV at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Tom Hanks in HENRY IV at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 11, 2018

"Henry IV," staged by Tony Award winning director Daniel Sullivan, features Harry Groener as Northumberland, Tom Hanks in his Los Angeles stage debut as Sir John Falstaff, Hamish Linklater as Hal, Joe Morton as Henry IV, and Tony winner Rondi Reed as Mistress Quickly.

Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of Tom Hanks in HENRY IV at the Shakespear Photo Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of Tom Hanks in HENRY IV at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
by Alan Henry - Jun 11, 2018

This week, the cast and crew of Shakespeare's Henry IV, starring Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, came together for the first meet and greet of the production. Check out shots from the event below!

Photo Flash: Tom Hanks Begins Rehearsals For HENRY IV at the Shakespeare Center of Lo Photo Photo Flash: Tom Hanks Begins Rehearsals For HENRY IV at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 6, 2018

This week, the cast and crew of Shakespeare's Henry IV, starring Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, came together for the first meet and greet of the production. Check out shots from the event below!

BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW! Photo BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW!
by Michael Quintos - Apr 12, 2018

How do you "fix" the misogyny of Shakespeare's now antiquated THE TAMING OF THE SHREW? For playwright Amy Freed, it means injecting it with a noticeable dose of equality empowerment, and then shifting its characters' traits and motivations as if written from a female's perspective. That is the premise of South Coast Repertory's latest World Premiere production SHREW!-which continues performances in Costa Mesa through April 21. The results? A funny but flawed update with good intentions.

Amy Freed's SHREW! Has World Premiere At South Coast Repertory Photo Amy Freed's SHREW! Has World Premiere At South Coast Repertory
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2018

Playwright Amy Freed has always been a Shakespeare fan. Her breakout hit, The Beard of Avon (SCR-commissioned and premiered, 2001), was a smart, funny look at the controversy surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Now comes SHREW! (March 24-April 21, Segerstrom Stage), in which Freed has re-imagined The Bard's play, The Taming of the Shrew, as a wickedly funny love story of two people who find their way to true, deep and mutual love. Art Manke directs SHREW!, which is an anchor production of the 2018 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory Photo BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - Feb 1, 2018

Witty, enchanting, and joyously self-referential, the original film version of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE fantasizes a story involving a young, virile William Shakespeare in his prime, who quells a bout of writer's block by secretly romancing an engaged lady named Viola---which apparently becomes the inspiration for the Bard's infamous star-crossed tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet.' The plot of the film remains fairly intact in Lee Hall's mostly delightful if slightly diluted stage adaptation, now continuing performances in a gorgeous-looking new regional production at Orange County's Tony Award-winning theater South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through February 10, 2018. This spunky love letter to the theater is chockfull of stagecraft-insider amusements and fun-to-find Shakespearean Easter Eggs that both aficionados and casual fans will appreciate. But, shockingly, despite the spectacular production values and the beguiling, gusto-bathed performances of its large ensemble cast, this stage adaptation somehow loses some of the inescapable romanticism that is so much more prevalent in the original film.

Ralph Funicello Videos

STAGE TUBE: Audience Reactions and Behind-the-Scenes with SCANDAL's Kate Burton and More in THE SEAGULL at the Huntington Theatre
by Stage Tube - Mar 15, 2014

Real-life mother and son Tony and Emmy Award nominee Kate Burton (The Corn is Green, The Cherry Orchard, Hedda Gabler at the Huntington) and Morgan Ritchie (The Corn Is Green) play mother and son onstage together for the first time when they return to the Huntington Theatre Company for a lush new production of Anton Chekhov's passionate classic The Seagull. Huntington favorite Maria Aitken (The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal) will direct the Paul Schmidt translation of the classic of world drama about love, missed connections, and what it means to be an artist. Performances of The Seagull continue at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre through April 6, 2014 at the BU Theatre. Check out a behind the scenes look below, and hear what audiences are saying about the show. Watch the videos below!

STAGE TUBE: The Old Globe Presents AS YOU LIKE IT - Performance Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Jun 25, 2012

The Old Globe's 2012 Shakespeare Festival, performed in repertory in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, is underway. Its production of AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Adrian Noble, is playing through September 30. Check out performance highlights in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: The Old Globe Presents RICHARD III - Performance Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2012

The Old Globe's 2012 Shakespeare Festival is underway with its production of Shakespeare's RICHARD III, starring Jay Whittaker in the title role, running now through September 29, 2012, at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Video highlights featuring Whittaker, Dana Green, Robin Moseley, Jeremy Fisher and more, have been released and BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below!

STAGE TUBE: Preview A.C.T.'s MAPLE AND VINE
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2012

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2011-12 season with the West Coast premiere of Maple and Vine, written by Jordan Harrison and directed by A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker. Fresh from a run at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, Maple and Vine tells the story of married couple Katha and Ryu, a pair of stressed-out urban professionals who feel unfulfilled by the impersonal gadgets and fast-paced lifestyle of the modern world. After meeting a charismatic man from a community of 1950s reenactors, they decide to swap cell phones and sushi for phone trees and fish sticks by joining a community where life is slower, passion is risqué, and a cocktail is a daily accessory. In this recreated world, where retro attitudes about gender, race, and sexuality stir up powerful questions, Katha and Ryu must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for happiness and whether the 'good old days' were really that good. Maple and Vine performs a limited run March 29-April 22, 2012, at the American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). Tickets (starting at $10) are on sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. Check out the video preview with clips from the show and audience interviews below!

STAGE TUBE: South Coast Repertory's ELEMENO PEA
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2012

Molly Smith Metzler's ELEMENO PEA features a pair of sisters: down-to-earth Devon and status-seeking Simone. Simone works as a personal assistant to Michaela Kell, the trophy wife of a wealthy ad executive, and she's planned a sisters' weekend in the Kells' gorgeous beachfront mansion. But within minutes of the girls' arrival, Michaela crashes the party. She and her husband have had a fight, and she's counting on Simone to help her keep from becoming Ex-Wife Number Two. The ensuing chaos brings to light old wounds and explosive secrets that turn everyone's worlds upside-down. Get a first look at the production below!

STAGE TUBE: The Old Globe Presents THE TEMPEST
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 30, 2011

The Old Globe presents the 2011 Shakespeare Festival production of The Tempest directed by Adrian Noble, through Sept 25.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Scenes from BURN THIS at the Taper
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 10, 2011

'Burn This' by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson recently opened at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Nicholas Martin, performances of 'Burn This' continue through May 1. This production is dedicated to Lanford Wilson.

STAGE TUBE: BURN THIS Opens at the Taper
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 10, 2011

'Burn This' by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson opens this Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Nicholas Martin, performances of 'Burn This' continue through May 1. This production is dedicated to Lanford Wilson.

BWW TV: The Broadway Babies of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at The Old Globe
by Audra Stafford - Nov 2, 2010

The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego is currently featuring Tony and Pulitzer Award winner Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical plays, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND. The plays follow the life of Eugene Morris Jerome from the foibles of youth in late-1930s Brooklyn to a career as a comedy writer for radio. Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound are performed in a rotating repertory schedule. BroadwayWorld reporter Audra Stafford recently caught up with the 'Broadway Babies' of BRIGHTON BEACH, Austyn Myers and Allie Trimm.

BWW TV Exclusive: Footage from I DO! I DO! Starring Paige Davis & Patrick Page in San Diego
by Robert Diamond - Dec 16, 2009

There's a nice 'buzz' generating from a small production of 'I DO! I DO!' in San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, taking place in the new Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre venue. The production happened through an alchemy of perfect timing and availability for everyone involved as Lost in Yonkers, directed by Scott Schwartz was originally scheduled to be the first show in the space. The Old Globe's Louis G. Spisto brought the renovation in on time and in-budget with time to spare and had been talking for some time to both stars, who had expressed interest in the piece, which rarely gets high-profile productions.


Ralph Funicello Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Ralph Funicello been nominated for?
Outstanding Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Henry IV , Best Scenic Design (Tony Awards) for Henry IV Outstanding Set Designs - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Henry IV (LCT) and Outstanding Scenic Design (The Lortels) for Ten Unknowns .

What awards has Ralph Funicello won?
Outstanding Set Designs - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Henry IV (LCT).