Work at La Jolla Playhouse has reached the "overtime" phase as we approach closer and closer to the preview performances. For the last two days, they have been "tech-ing" the show, from the beginning, bit by bit. That means they've had all the actors in their costumes, and slowly coordinated the lighting, projections, and set in order to merge everything together.
We've had a handful of notes that have been required, but they've mostly been fitting notes and such. I've been hard at work on the pants portion of a mens three-piece suit that we have to make doubles of--this particular actor gets wet during a full immersion baptism, and so wearing the same suit throughout the show would be a tad bit uncomfortably squishy. : )
So I've been assembling welt pockets and side pockets and such, stuff I haven't done in a very long time. I so rarely actually make stuff for myself--I don't know why... Portions of the mens wear process is quite familiar to me, but there are gaps in my knowledge. The only way I've learned to fill those gaps is to practice, practice, practice...
I saw a special on TV last night about Bill Cosby receiving the 2009 Mark Twain Comedy award, and there was a clip from the Cosby Show that had one of the characters wearing an awesome vest from the 1980's. The back simply continued down into a set of "tails" that flowed gently behind the vest, all in satin. I was enchanted! I have to do that next! It looked so elegant and so flashy at the same time, yet it was incredibly complimentary to the form of the woman who was wearing it. I think that may be one of my upcoming projects! I also want to try a men's smoking jacket, and a women's trench, but we'll see if we get to that.
I have accepted a design position for an upcoming show at the Moxie Theatre for their production of "Expecting Isabell". It's about a couple's journey when they decide they want a child, and how things get almost ridiculous on the way... It's a comedy, and while I've only read about a quarter of the script so far, I am tickled pink! It's cute, and charming, and poignant, and sad and hilarious all at the same time. I anticipate this will be a big success!
Alrighty! More soon! Live life with Relish!