C*CK: a character's armor

At the beginning of my design process, I had a conversation with the


director, Wesley Young, about his concept for the costumes. We discussed that the 


playwright did not give many specifications on the clothing of the characters, which 


gave us a lot  to play with. The more we discussed the play, the more we realized that 


the costumes were key to telling the audience many details that are not specified by 


the script, such as social status, location, season, and personality. When designing 


for a play set in present day, there are so many options to choose from so it is very 


important to me as a designer to really dive into each character’s closet and figure 


out what they would dress themselves in. 


In C*CK, each character stands to lose something and their costume is a

 projection of how they want to be seen, their “outer shell” if you will. It is a means 


to hide their true selves and instead show each other (and the audience!) that they are 


ready for the ultimate battle. And while some wear their armor with stylish skill, 


others fall short of presenting themselves with the confidence to win a fight or 


simply make a decision. The stakes are raised to the highest level and I designed 


each costume with that in mind. However, it was still very important to me to have a 


small part of each of the characters true self peek through because when you strip 


away all the layers and wash off the war paint all that’s left is who you are and what 


you want... and that you’re willing to fight for it.



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Cathleen Connor

Costume Designer, C*CK

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