The tech team performs admirably. A few benches are carried on and off Dean Cameron’s simply draped stage, to keep it open; the lighting (Tito Fleetwood Ladd) and sound (Joseph V. Calarco) are unobtrusive, emotionally effective and timely. And the costumes (Kara Mcleod) use a wise restraint — simple, muted modern clothes with classical signifiers (capes, a dress, a helmet).
Via Theater Ghost
“Director and cast benefit enormously from as exciting a production design as you’ll see in any L.A. theater the size of Coeurage’s fantastic new home, Silverlake’s charming Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Café.
Most impressive of all is Joseph V. Calarco’s supremely dramatic sound design and pulsating musical soundtrack. Kara McLeod’s period-meets-modern-meets-funky costumes are winners as well as is Dean Cameron’s simple but striking scenic design, lit to electric perfection by Tito Fleetwood Ladd.”
-Stage Scene LA
Photos in the article were from the early photo call, and have some preliminary costumes in them. I’ll post the production photos with completed looks very soon!
The work of the amazing Joe Calarco, our Sound Designer! View the trailer here
Titus opens Saturday! Rehearsals are going well and there are finished costume pics to come!
The amazingly multi-talented Dr. Paul Koudounaris released his second book a few months ago, Heavenly Bodies, which I offered textile and costume consultation on. It’s a fascinating subject and Paul’s photos are stunningly beautiful. I’m honored to have played a small part. Available at your local bookseller or at Amazon.com
In keeping with the stitched together theme I’ve created for Andronicus, here’s a sneak peek of one of Tamora’s Roman outfits- at a fitting. She’s partway through the process.
The design concept: Titus Andronicus is a world of horrible people doing horrible things to each other, in a civilization that is barely held together. Conceptually, I wanted to pull this production out of the real world of Ancient Rome, which this play isn’t really about, and create our own world, one made of scraps and ugliness. The first step in this process was to take ordinary modern pieces- worn and discarded, cut them up and reinvent them in a Frankenstein mode, with big exposed seams, raw cuts and mixed materials. Pictured here is step one, assembling the pieces before the dye, discharge and paint process.
This is Titus, after assembly and before dye and paint
Ancient textile may contain Biblical blue dye lost for 1,300 years:
“An extremely rare blue dye which adorned the robes of kings, priests, and Jews in ancient times, and which was lost to the world nearly 1,300 years ago, is believed to have been found”
This looks like a great exhibit coming up at the Bata Shoe Museum!
Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century.
An excerpt of this article: Until electricity, ballerinas also routinely perished when the muslin of their tutus met gas lamps; the deaths were referred to at the time as the “holocaust of ballet girls.”
Photo via Macleans