Mar 10 2011

Glimpses of BIG RIVER costumes

by Rachel Pollock Our final show of the season, Hauptman and Miller’s musical Big River, is in full swing in the costume shop at PlayMakers, and though I don’t have any completed projects to talk about yet, I do have some glimpses behind-the-scenes of things we’re working on… Shoes await rubberizing in the crafts facility. Freshly-begrimed raffia… Read more »

Feb 23 2011

Get out the vote!

Please forgive us as we indulge in shameless self-promotion for a moment… It’s time for the Independent Weekly’s “Best of the Triangle” Awards! There are two categories in particular that we’d like to direct you towards: “Best Live Theater Venue” and “Best Live Theater Company.” We’re both! The Triangle has some great theater so we understand… Read more »

Feb 17 2011

Chairs in Heaven

Where do angels sit? Set designer Narelle Sissons was responsible for answering that question for Angels in America, and what she came up with is pretty cool. Narelle’s research for this piece began with the idea of a winged chair… …which became more specific with a detailed look for the wings… …then the final piece was crafted by… Read more »

Feb 3 2011

Sketching out a costume design

With Angels in America in previews this week, now’s a great time to take a closer look at the extensive preparation put into this epic two-part production. Let’s start with the costumes! Check out these early research boards that Costume Designer Jan Chambers created for the character of Belize, played by actor Avery Glymph. Each… Read more »

Jan 27 2011

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at PlayMakers!

Four 12’ x 12’ panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the PlayMakers lobby throughout the run of Angels in America, including 2 early pieces in memory of Roy Cohn. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation – the international caretaker of The Quilt — works to preserve, care for and use… Read more »

Jan 24 2011

Making angels

Our scenic artists and carpenters are hard at work this week building the world for Angels in America. Check out this backstage photo of the Bethesda Angel in construction. The original version of this angel stands on the Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park, one of the many locations included in Angels in America. … Read more »

Jan 19 2011

Kimonos for Angels

by Rachel Pollock In my previous post, i wrote about the ombre dye processes for the tunics and loose pants worn by the Angels of the Principalities in our forthcoming repertory of Angels in America: Parts 1 & 2 (the Principalities appear only in Part 2). And, ombre is nice and all, and a lovely… Read more »

Jan 13 2011

What do Angels wear?

by Rachel Pollock At PlayMakers, we’re well into production on Tony Kushner’s epic two-part Angels in America, which we’re running in repertory soon. I’ve got a ton of cool projects to share, the first of which being the costumes we’re creating for the Angels of the Principalities, which appear in a convocation scene in Perestroika,… Read more »

Dec 6 2010

Design Comes to Life

by Rachel Pollock My mainstage design debut for PlayMakers Repertory Company, Shipwrecked!, is currently running this month. We had the final dress and photo call Tuesday night so some of the topics I wanted to write about that required a stage shot to fully illustrate are now up for posting. First: customized vest back fabric… Read more »