This production of Shakespeare’s beloved tale took a bit of a non-traditional twist, setting fairy land in a 1940s jazz club, and adding original musical numbers set to the Bard’s text. The director wanted the costumes and set to have that jazzy feel, but to look like they “grew” out of the magical forest. Using images of the jazz greats like Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as historical images from The Stork Club and The Copacabana as my inspiration, I created unique looks for the inhabitants of the fairy forest. The Atheniens were bumped up in time to around 1947, the end of World War II, with Theseus, Egeus, and Demetrieus being US Army.
The promo video below features an interview with director Jeremy Dubin discussing the overall concept of the show, and also includes footage from an early dress/tech rehearsal where you can see my design in action. (Posted with permission of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company):
Produced at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (2013)
Director: Jeremy Dubin
Scenic & Lighting Design: Andrew Hungerford