Archive for the ‘Productions’ Category

I’ve been talking up a storm about the show I’m currently costuming, Clybourne Park, because it has the cast and crew abuzz with intense conversation about it’s themes of gentrification and race and community and absolution.  We had our first preview last night and the audience was incredibly enthusiastic – tons of laughs and applause and chatter. The […]

I was in for a surprise, the other night, when our actors came onstage. Caucasian Chalk Circle director John Doyle warned me before the second preview that the cast might be a little “playful” with their clothes that night.  I sat in the back, confused and amused as one by one the actors walked onstage with […]

Recently opened at A.C.T. is the West Coast premiere of David Mamet’s November, a show set in the Oval Office.  Now, even President Obama has failed to push White House fashion much further than snappy ties with a conservative suit, so the show could have been a bore to costume. Despite this, costume designer Alex […]

The San Francisco Chronicle just posted a gushing review about the 1st show of A.C.T.’s 2009-10 season, Noël Coward‘s Brief Encounter.  While this is the U.S. premiere of a show that was originally mounted in England by Kneehigh Theatre (so we in the A.C.T. Costume Shop only made small contributions), I hope that the quality […]

My last show with A.C.T. this season was assisting Sandra Woodall on “Boleros for the Disenchanted,”  an autobiographical piece by playwright José Rivera.  The story spans continents and generations, following his mother and father’s relationship from the village of Miraflores and bustling Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1953 to the Fort Rucker army base in Daleville, […]

Achilles’ tale of love and war has been given a contemporary voice by the poet Christopher Logue.  Tonight, A.C.T. is premiering an epic new work based on this modern translation of The Iliad, War Music.   Beaver Bauer‘s costumes move the story dramatically, designed with a minimalist base upon which key details are added.  The set […]

Opening night has come of the new show I’m costuming with A.C.T., Rich and Famous .  It’s a pretty silly satire about a not-so-great playwright who really really wants to be famous.  The costumes by Gregory Gale and sets by Scott Bradley are extremely detailed and captured the surreality of the show.  Very 70’s and […]

I’m finishing up the costuming for A.C.T.‘s newest production, Quality of Life.  The past 2 months of assisting Bay Area designer Lydia Tanji has been a lovely collaboration.  The show centers around two couples, one a UC Berkeley professor and his poet wife, another a contractor from Ohio and a housewife who loves “Jesus and […]