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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.

 

 

Tickets for C*CK are on sale now at TheatreLABrva.org

 

 

Cathleen Connor

Costume Designer, C*CK

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