"Modern, Ordinary People" can be the hardest characters of all to design for, because they need to look as if you did nothing, but no item that appears onstage should simply be. It must be justified by the text of the play and the context provided by actors and director.
This production of "Proof", with an all Asian cast proved an interesting challenge.
Does the fact that the actors are Asian change the way the characters look?
Simplest answer? Yes of course it does, but often only as much as the look would change from blonde to redhead.
Then again there are subtle character things that grew out of a close collaboration between designer, actors, and director that informed the design.
Maybe you see them, maybe you don't, but they must be there to provide authenticity for the production.
DIRECTOR Raugi Yu
COSTUME DESIGNER Christopher David Gauthier
SET DESIGNER Shizuka Kai
LIGHTING DESIGNER Graham Ockley
PRODUCERS Caleb McMullen & Jordan Dibe Mnemonic Theatre
CATHERINE Josette Jorge
HAL Minh Ly
CLAIRE Andrea Yu
ROBERT Jim Preston
This was a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
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"Raugi Yu’s fine production (...) features effective contemporary costumes from Christopher David Gauthier"
Jerry Wasserman - The Province