by Robert Fuller, Dramaturg
One of the things which helped to define the characters and themes of this performance was the costuming. This is thanks to costume co-designers Cortnie Beatty and Lizzie Mickelson.
The idea behind the costuming was to give it a modern feel, while still having a historical reference. This helped the designers do three main things:
- They costumes referenced the way that the world changes.
- The colors helped define the characters and the stereotypes they tend to fill
- They also showed their characters’ boldness and courage.
Check out these renderings and explanations from designer Lizzi Mickelson to learn a little bit more about each character:
Roxanne: “As the female lead that the main action of the play revolves around, the goal was to emphasize her feminine elegance, intelligence, maturity, and strength. This led to a blue dress, which gives her a more historical look.”
Christian: “Christian was designed to appear as a textbook pretty boy, with a hipster vibe. His look is showing that he tries really hard to look like he shops a DI. This emphasizes the great lengths Christian goes to to appear attractive, despite his well-meaning yet false persona.”
As you watch this production, see if you can notice these stereotypes in these characters, and what they tell you about the characters.