Neil Patel: The Indian American art designer behind J.B. Priestly’s Play ‘Time and the Conways’

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Neil Patel told, “I was inspired by Do Ho Suh’s fabric buildings.

Neil Patel, the  Indian American art designer has created the sets for the Broadways revival of J.B. Priestly’s ‘Time and the Conways.’

Neil Patel (Courtesy of his official website)

With his keen sense of style and striking and elegant use of space, award-winning Indian American production designer Neil  Patel is impressing the viewers with his amazing talent. He has recently worked as a scenic designer for the first-ever Broadway revival of J.B. Priestly’s Time and the Conways.

Time and the Conways is a British play written by J.B. Priestly in 1937. The play is in three acts. The first act is set in the 1919 and the second act moves to 1937 and then the act three returns to 1919.

Patel told, “I was inspired by Do Ho Suh’s fabric buildings. They made me see a way to create a ‘ghost’ room of Act 2 which could live simultaneously with the room from Act 1. The simultaneity of the two spaces from different moments in time would illustrate in a powerful way the idea of time put forth by Priestly in the play. Instead of a literal change in the aging and decor of the room as is indicated in the text, we found an exciting and theatrical way to go from Act 1 to Act 2.”

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With his amazing vision and his extraordinary talent, Patel makes his sets come alive in all mediums. In some Hollywood films like Hulu’s The PathLittle BoxesLoitering with Intent and Some Velvet Morning, Patel has shown his skills in art production.

Quantico star Priyanka Chopra’s Bollywood movie Dil Dhadakne Do was Patel’s Bollywood movie in which he has worked as an art director.

Patel’s theater and opera works include the drama by four-time Tony Award winner Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the WarsOleanna, and Mughal-E-Azam.