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 »

Dec 2 2010

Shipwrecked! in Pictures

Previews for Shipwrecked! have begun and Opening Night is only 2 days away! Here’s a sneak peek at the production through photos. Shipwrecked! is on stage now through December 19 and is great fun for all ages. In the words of Louis de Rougemont… “Welcome to this temple of the imagination. This hallowed hall where… Read more »

Dec 1 2010


by director Tom Quaintance It’s about 1:00am – I’m sitting in the Paul Green Theatre after we just wrapped up our weekend of “ten out of twelve” tech rehearsals.  We go from noon to midnight with a dinner break each night from 5:00-7:00. Long days.  A common term to describe this time is “tech hell”… Read more »

Nov 29 2010

The Aborigines of Shipwrecked!

I finally have all the images for a post I’ve been itching to write for weeks: aborigine masks for Shipwrecked! In the play, the main character Louis de Rougemont at one point meets an initially-hostile tribe of aborigines. Because all the actors play many roles, they needed to be able to “become” aborigines immediately by… Read more »

Nov 17 2010

Batik Part 2

The other day, I wrote about the first half of this story, namely, how the creative team and I came to the decision of what fabric pattern we were going to create, and how we were going to create it. I left off with the choice of which sample fabric was going to be the one… Read more »

Nov 15 2010

Batik Part 1

I’m designing costumes for PlayMakers Repertory Company‘s upcoming production of Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. This play affords a huge range of design challenges, not just within specific departments but collaboratively among all the elements of production. One project we’ve already begun work on is the generation of some batik fabric yardage for the characters… Read more »