Block 358: February 28, 2014

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February is almost over!!!

Date: February 28, 2014

Crane: 358

Days Spent on Project: 376

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Linda K.

My second year at the Yale School of Drama, there was a new costume coordinator on staff for the smaller projects, usually done in what was then known as the “New Theater” or simply “1156” (the address). My friend, Raven (Crane 116!), had held the position until the year prior. Linda had been working in the Yale Rep costume shop before this.

The first play I designed (and realized) at the Yale School of Drama was a playwright’s thesis, a contemporary re-telling of Snow White, set in a high school and where the “Snow White” character was a gay teenager. We had a budget of maybe $300, I think, to design the entire show. We spent a lot of time digging in stock, looking for anything contemporary and young that would work, at Yale and Long Wharf and Hartford Stage; I don’t remember what we spent money on… I certainly didn’t get myself to the mall for shopping.

Linda taught me how to fashion a wig oven out of a hair dryer and a cardboard box. She also taught me how to wash and set a wig, and then I made the realization that I have no business working on hair.

That show… I designed it back in 2004. I recently saw that it was published and for sale at the Drama Bookshop on 40th Street. My name was listed as the designer for the original production. Thinking back… jeez; I have learned a helluva lot not only about design and how to read a script and how to shop but just how to act like a costume designer.

I really think most of a costume designer’s career is spent walking a tightrope between a therapist’s chair and the therapist’s couch.

Music I listened to while sewing: I’ve got a playlist I created on Spotify on this morning. It’s music for the California project. I started putting it together last fall, and I no longer think most of the music works anymore. Things you learn.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: I had the fun honor of learning that this project was being taught in a Yale masterclass yesterday.

It was being used as an example of color theory and story-telling through color.

That’s a small accomplishment, right? Having your work TAUGHT AT YALE?

I’m so curious to know what was discussed.

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