Tuesday, September 25, 2007
"A Thousand Clowns"
This is one of the shows that I have been working on since "Sylvia" ended. The story takes place in the early 60s. Here's a brief synopsis found on the theater site (Hillbarntheatre.org) :
"Murray Burns, a bachelor uncle with a non-conformist approach to life, is raising his precocious 12 year old nephew. Tired of writing cheap comedy for children's television, he finds himself unemployed and wandering through the streets of New York City, observing life. Social Services drops in to ensure that the nephew is receiving a proper upbringing. Murray, threatened with loosing his nephew, comes to terms with his life, his work, and a significant Social Worker, all the while maintaining his ideals." (play written by Herb Gardner)
I actually really enjoyed the story, and felt that it taught me a lot about even my own life.
The show will open on Jan. 25th, 2008 at Hillbarn in Foster City, CA. But I am aiming to have everything done by 12/15--next weekend!
Well, here are some sketches I have been meaning to put up.
LATEST update: I was nominated for Audience Choice award for best costume design!
Leo Herman, who plays "Chuckles the Chipmunk" in the tv show, appears on stage with a hat that has a chipmunk inside. I designed it to look like a tree trunk. Gail is building the hat for me, so we'll see how that turns out!
I wanted Murray in a pineapple print Hawaiian shirt b/c later on in the story he carries a pineapple to his brother Arnold, who actually usually is the one to bring fruit to him daily b/c he's obsessed with fruits...anyway, I'm excited about the shirt I got from ebay!