The Construction of Pericles – beginning to end

Day 1:



Day 2:

Drape the back

Trace the pattern of the sleeve, widen the pattern from the center, and cut the mockup:


Finished sleeve mockup

Remove the bodice sketch from the dress form, true-up the pieces, add seam allowance, and cut the paper patterns.

Day 4: I messed up a bunch of stuff and had to do it over, so more pics on day 5 (it’s called Learning)

Day 5:


Make adjustments to the paper pattern by attaching pieces.  Even out the darts, cut the fabric, sew the pieces together. First mock up is done.

Day 6: Moving on to the designer’s next piece, building the dress underneath first:


Rough draft complete.

Day 7: Draft a pattern for a cutout sleeve. The shape of this sleeve is a challenge and required several different drafts.


Day 8: Sleeve complete, mockup 2 complete, actor’s first fitting today:


Day 9:

Trued-up pattern pieces for the wraparound dress:


Day 10:  second mockup complete. Nice, smooth darts and better fit.20181001_182321.jpg

Day 11: Drape the final piece:

Drawing by Grace. Draping the pieces for her vest design that goes over the bias-cut dress.


Day 12: preparing muslin to flatline fashion fabric




Day 18: the pieces are almost finished, but ready enough for dress rehearsal:




Another day at the office.


Today, The Subterraneans go on a scouting spree for 1920’s costumes for men and women. Buying for a show means you get to spend other people’s money and have adventures.

First stop, Downtown Oakland Salvation Army. Good men’s suiting, shirts, and anything for women that has potential.

Also, hoping to see some good thrift store paintings throughout the day.

No paintings, but this. Poor woman has no idea!



Stanislavski, the quick version


The art of experiencing. What is so flat, what is missing? The experience. What inhabits your body?  Why do some people go on and on and yet they are still so boring? And others say only a few words and people are in tears? That is the Method and Stan believed that everyone could learn it, not just for stage, but for life.

Super Objective – What is your goal? Why are you doing it? What is the reason? What do you want and how are you going to make it happen?

What do you expect your audience (the players you are playing off included)  to do after your performance? What do you want them to feel? Goal number one.

Thinking that you only have to voice the words is not enough. Words do not make experience. Witnessing other’s experience (yours) creates experience in others. Do you experience complex scenarios solely with one dimension of your being? No, you do not.

What are the expectations? How will you achieve that goal?

Stage Action – Having a Goal is great but does not make an actor interesting. It is the Struggle for that goal. Everyone loves a good struggle. Obstacles, physical ones, and those in the story. Does your character have to fight to get things done? Struggles with ourselves. Work around the goal and experience the struggle. Question yourself and answer those questions with hard, honest answers. Yourself, not others around you. Allow the feeling to be awkward, let go of the need to look good by being authentic.

Suspension of Disbelief – Think of things that touch you emotionally, and use that memory while acting your scene.

More stories that you can visualize while you focus on remaining a character on stage.

Look around attentively, within yourself.

There are heated debates about the importance of suspension of disbelief. A lot of New York actors held the belief that this was a key component to the system, even though it has been said that Stanislavski himself recommended this only as a last resort. I think actors should decide for themselves and try it as an experimental approach.

After Sarah Bernhardt: Frances de la Tour’s 1979 performance as Hamlet — Shakespeare & Beyond

Jonathan Croall’s new book, Performing Hamlet, gives a decade-by-decade look (starting in the 1950s) at iconic performances of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known characters. The book, published this summer by Bloomsbury in The Arden Shakespeare series, also contains the theater historian’s in-depth interviews with five distinguished actors who have played Hamlet in the 21st century: Jude…

via After Sarah Bernhardt: Frances de la Tour’s 1979 performance as Hamlet — Shakespeare & Beyond

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Female Hamlets


For those of you also on my private blog, sorry about the repeat, I just enjoy this story.