Just a quick note to let you know that the images from my recent work are not loading on my website. I am working on the problem and in the meantime if you would like to see images from a specific show I’ve designed or custom costume I’ve created please just email me. Sorry about this… the software/website that ran my photo gallery, went out of business. In fact, the entire website will get a mini redesign in 2016. Happy new year to all!
I always like it in the spring when the local theaters announce the shows they’re doing for their upcoming seasons. I like reading about new shows I’ve never heard of or old shows that I love to see again. There’s this “theater flurry” and then Summer. And it seems like everyone retreats to the Berkshires or the Cape and the local theater scene gets very quiet. I like that transition.
But as I’ve written before, I love the transition to Fall. And that’s where I find myself this morning… thinking ahead, reading scripts, doodling notes, organizing binders. Getting ready for MY season. And I hope you’ll check out these all-new-to-Boston productions.
First off I’m designing the costumes for ArtsEmerson/Company One’s Production of “An Octoroon.”
Working with the same director as “An Octoroon” Summer Williams, I’m then designing the hilarious and disturbing and creative and-way-too-many-adjectives-just-see-it “Booty Candy” at Speakeasy Stage.
Then I am returning to Lyric Stage where I designed “Intimate Apparel” last season to design, “Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play”. Yup, it features the Simpsons in all their animated style! Should be a crazy one to create!
I hope along the way to add a few more productions and if so, I’ll update you here. Maybe you’re like me and you too like to plan for a season-full of great local theater.
Well the menagerie that was created for The Zoo and The Bear was wildly loved by audiences and critics!
I need to give a public shout out to my amazing crew of seamstresses, painters and fiber artists.
Susan Handler, Costume Shop Manager
Natalie LaChall, Draper
Holly Johnson, Painter
Christine Alger, Fiber Craftsperson
Cathy DeCoste, Applique Artist
Meghan Beohmer, Stitcher
Toni Elliott, Stitcher
Heidi Michel, Stitcher
Emily Wensberg, Stitcher
Andrea Zax, Stitcher
Meghan Dowd, Costume Craftsperson
And of course big thanks to the talented Wig Designer Rachel Padula. This was an amazing, hardworking team and I look forward to working with each and every one of them again.
And, funny I should end on that… I am working with many of them! As I begin designing and creating the costumes for Odyssey’s final production in their British Invasion Festival–Powder Her Face.
…All around me, it feels like! I am designing The Zoo and The Bear for Odyssey Opera. Both are short, funny operas that will play together in a double bill opening in May at the Huntington Theater. I don’t want to give much away, but these are going to be fun, funny (slightly furry) shows! If, you’re in the Boston area, check out the full listing of performances.
Note: I’m also designing Powder Her Face for Odyssey Opera in June. Which is also kind of “wild” but in different ways!
For those outside of Greater Boston, that title is not a typo. There is an “s” on the “B” word. Getting supplies, fitting actors and loading in “Intimate Apparel” at the Lyric Stage this month has been a challenge to say the least.
What has not been a challenge has been the “escape” to my sewing machine. Like the title character in “Intimate Apparel”, Esther, my old sewing machine has kept me company through many a dreary day. And for this show escaping to corsets and lace trimmed camisoles and silk robes has kept me sane.
Early on in my costume design process for this show, I decided I wanted to make some, but not all, of the corsets. I made two and they took me nearly two weeks. (A wise decision not to tackle them all. The other three were made by the super-talented Isabella Bray in sunny Cali.)
The publicity crew at the Lyric Stage made a video of me talking about corsetry. I thought you might like it. And that it might provide you a little escape from the winter of 2015!
Odyssey Opera recently uploaded videos from their spring festival. I designed the costumes for these operas. It is wonderful to see them again. For those who missed it (or like me, like seeing it again!) check out these beautiful videos created by Kathy Wittman at Ball Square Films:
Un Giorno de Regno
Il Segreto di Susanna