For the upcoming fall, I will be costume designing two theater projects that are part of Soulographie, a cycle of seventeen plays written by Erik Ehn as a "durational performance event looking at 20th century America from the point of view of its relationship to genocides in the States (the Tulsa Race Riot), in East Africa (Rwanda, Uganda), and Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador)." The combined plays will be performed at La MaMa Theater in New York November 11- 18.
As an admirer of Ehn's work and as an artist who believes in the power of raising awareness by sharing stories on stage, I am thrilled to participate by designing costumes for two performances -Thistle and Maria Kizito. Thistle, directed by Tom Dugdale, is the story of one woman's survival of the massacre of her village during the civil war in El Salvador. Maria Kizito, directed by Emily Mendelsohn, portrays the trial of two nuns accused of assisting in the killing thousands of fleeing refugees in Rwanda.
At this time, additional funding is needed to complete the costumes for our two plays as each production team is responsible for funding its performances. We ask that you consider making a financial contribution to this project as a means of assisting us with this creative process.
Over the past 10 months, I have collaborated with directors Dugdale and Mendelsohn to design costumes that are just right for each character. As a designer in the performing arts, I am dedicated to collaborating with directors as well as actors for superlative results on stage.
I am now in the midst of the final stages of design, a process that includes final renderings, fabric and costume shopping, draping, sewing, hand-stitching, dyeing, painting, costume mock-ups, costume fittings and final alterations. These projects will include the work of various assistants as well as travel and transportation for myself and the many costumes.
Performances for Thistle will happen at Cal State San Marcos, in San Marcos, CA in October and Maria Kizitio will be performed at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island, also in October, before both shows head to NYC for performances at La MaMa Theater.
Your contribution to "Costume Creations for Thistle and Maria Kizito " will make possible the construction and finalization of costumes for 12 separate actors in two plays who will travel from 8 cities around the United States, as well as Uganda, to New York in November for the final performances.
In appreciation, every contributor will receive an hand made gift connected to the creation of costumes for these productions.
Follow the progress of the costumes and performances at www.facebook.com/CybeleMoonDesign
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