Barnum's central conflict takes shape as the characters of the show discuss opposing opinions about truth. One one hand, P.T. Barnum's business is based on lies and deception, which makes him morally corrupt. On the other hand, Barnum asks us to believe in the impossible, fill our lives with color, and accept with delight and humor the things the unexpected. My design allows space for both of these opinions. Luxurious textures and period Victorian elements are paired with the raw, traveled, and revealing nature of the circus.