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Heather Pasternak Arrives At The Hollywood Fringe In Fabulous Feline Fashion

Heather Pasternak

Cynthia:  Look who showed up at the last performance of our Hollywood Fringe Festival play, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, in the cutest kitty cat romper?

Marcy:  No way!

Cynthia:  Yup. It’s her. Heather Pasternak.

Marcy:  It is her. OMG. Hello Pasternak! We think you’re a ferociously funny and critically cool chick!

Cynthia:  Heather was gifted this romper. Or, skort I should say. So we are not sure where it’s from.

Marcy:  A what?

Cynthia:  A skort. You know, a skirt from the front and shorts from the back. It was trendy in the ’80’s. I used to wear them all the time.

Marcy stares at Cynthia blankly.

Cynthia:  Here’s a view from the back.

Heather Pasternak

Cynthia:  See what I mean?

Marcy:  No.

Cynthia:  Really?

Marcy:  That’s a dress.

Cynthia:  Oh. You’re right. Well anyway, here’s a close-up of the cat print.

Close-up of Heather’s Cat Print Dress

Cynthia:  Not only is Heather a terrifically talented actor and stand-up comedienne, she is also a cat lover and advocate. And has been her whole life. She inherited it from her mom who used to help out strays in their neighborhood when she was a kid. Here’s Heather with a cat she rescued while living in Harlem, NY when she was a student at NYU.

Heather and her cat

Cynthia:  How come you don’t hug me like that, Marcy? What am I? Chopped liver?

Heather Getting A Kitty Hug From Her Cat

Marcy:  Oh, I’d hug you if you were chopped liver.

 

*If you are in Los Angeles, you simply must check out Heather’s stand-up act. She performs in the comedy clubs around here a few times a week and you can check out her dates and locations on her website, HelloPasternak.com

 

 

Fashion

Styling The (Not) Wives Of Pancho Villa: Revolutionaries, Lovers, and Hollywood Producers

Paula Rebelo and Marta Portillo in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  Well, here we are at the final installment of our series about costuming Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, a new play by Jeffery Atik.

Marcy:  Finally.

Cynthia:  Here we have the revolutionaries, Osvaldo and The Colonel, who we put in donated flower button down shirts, plastic bandoliers from a costume shop, and $5 cowboy hats from the famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Tiago Ferreira and Katrina Nelson in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  The Colonel was played by the talented and subtlely hysterical, Katrina Nelson. The skirt and boots are her own.

Katrina Nelson in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  Osvaldo was played by the sweet and talented newcomer, Tiago Ferreira. Look out for Tiago! This former soccer player is going to be famous.

Tiago Ferreira and Katrina Nelson

Marcy:  Just remember:  you saw him here first.

Cynthia:  Next up are the Hollywood Producer, Mr. Thayer, and his assistant, Maria, played by another great comedy duo of Steven Christian Amendola and Heather Pasternak. In the play, the character Maria is everybody’s servant. Below, is Maria The Maid.

Steven Christian Amendola and Heather Pasternak in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  And here is Maria The Hollywood Production Assistant. Both of the actors, Steven and Heather, supplied their own clothing for their costumes, with the exception of the apron which I got on ebay for $8.

Heather Pasternak 

Marcy:  Shhh… it’s against union rules for actors to supply their own costumes.

Cynthia:  You shhhhhh… or we’ll end up in jail like Senora Torres and Fernanda.

Speaking of jail. Here is the famous killer/sociopath of the Mexican Revolution, Rodolfo Fierro, played to scary and humorous perfection by David E. Frank. In a costume culled entirely from his own wardrobe.

David E. Frank in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  And last but not least are Pancho Villa and his New Wife, played by super duper awesome Achilles Molina and the lovely and funny Lexi Tess.

Achilles Molina as Pancho Villa in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

 

Lexi Tess in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  I got Pancho’s shirt from Jet Rag for $8.72. Those flowers on the shirt are hand painted.

The dress is Lexi’s mom’s. I was so excited for Lexi  to wear this dress not only because it was so pretty but because it tied in with Senora Torres’s dress on the other side of the stage – like bookends. I gave her my own red flower headband to pick up the red from underskirt of Senora Torres’s dress.

Marcy:  You forgot something.

Cynthia:  No I didn’t.

Marcy:  Yes you did. The ugly dress from El Paso!

Cynthia:  You’re right!

There is a running joke in the show about a crazy dress from El Paso. It had to be bigger than life and the actresses who wore it needed to feel Ah-Maz-Ing in it. I thought it would take forever to find but I walked in to Jet Rag and there it was, “the ugly dress from El Paso,” staring at me from an end cap. We put it on Marta and that was it. We looked no more. It was $52.

Marta Portilla in the “dress from El Paso”
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Marcy:  You forgot something else.

Cynthia:  What now?

Marcy:  My best friend, Bo Roberts, as El Viejo.

Cynthia:  I could never forget Bo. I just don’t have a picture right now.

Marcy:  GASP!

Cynthia:  I know! I know! He wore a $5 hat from Olvera Street, David’s black shirt, and his own khaki pants and shoes. He looked great.

Marcy (indignantly):  He looked better than great. He is the most handsomest man alive. How could you, Cindy? How could you?

Cynthia (meekly):  I’m sorry.

Marcy:  You’re fired.

Cynthia:  Yeah well, the play is over.

Marcy:  You’re still fired. I’m going to live with Bo. I need a vacation.

Marcy exits with a suitcase filled with Friskies. 

She comes back once she realizes no one will give a ride to a diva feline lugging a suitcase full of stinky cat food.

Marcy:  I guess I’ll vacation on the couch.

Cynthia:  I’ll join you. I’m exhausted.

Marcy:  Tell Freddy not to wake us up until August.

Marcy and Cynthia zonk out.

The phone rings.

Freddy enters.

Freddy:  Wake up!  Woo hoo! Your play got extended.

 

*Check out  Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four of our series about costuming Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa.

 

 

Fashion

Styling The (Not) Wives Of Pancho Villa: Linda Landeros as Fernanda and Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres

Senora Torres and Fernanda
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia: Here we are at Part Four of Styling The Wives of Pancho Villa, featuring the hilarious comedy duo of Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres…

Isadora O’Boto

Cynthia: … and Linda Landeros as her daughter, Fernanda.

Linda Landeros

Marcy:  Hey!

Cynthia:  What?

Marcy:  Get it straight. Senora Torres and Fernanda are NOT wives of Pancho Villa.

Cynthia:  Righto. That’s Juanita’s (Pancho’s 2nd wife) mom and sister who are in big trouble for trying to steal Pancho’s money. In the play, Pancho has them held prisoners and they have no idea if the socio-path, Rodolfo Fierro, will kill them or not.

They spend the whole time tied up and bickering. It is some of the funniest theatre I have ever seen.

Marcy:  Fernanda is so bad and beautiful and bossy. I want to be just like her.

Cynthia:  If you mean spoiled, bratty, dramatic, and a thief, then you ARE like her.

Marcy purrs.

Cynthia:  Fernanda is played by the awesomely funny Linda Landeros. Linda is an actor/comedienne/writer.

Linda Landeros as Fernanda in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa
Linda Landeros as Fernanda in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  We put her in a –
Green skirt (thrifted) to match the green of her mother’s dress.
Black blouse (Linda’s own) to go with Fernanda’s scheming, criminal character.
Pink flowers (Claire’s Boutique) to tie her in with the rest of the actresses.

Marcy (entranced):  She’s so bad.

Cynthia:  Fernanda’s mom, Senora Torres, is played by another awesomely funny actor/stand-up comic/writer, Isadora O’Boto.

Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

 

Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  I found this green dress in a thrift shop for $12 and fell in love with it. I thought it was perfect for a telenovela senora from 1914. Don’t let these pictures of a sophisticated senora fool you though. Senora Torres is pretty much a hapless dingbat, played to perfection by Isadora!

Marcy starts scheming.

Marcy:  I’m going to go off with Fernanda and we’re going to steal all of Pancho Villa’s money and run away to a big house in El Paso. And be famous and pretentious and spoiled. Yeah.



*For more information on super funny Isadora O’Boto please check her out at IsadoraOBoto.com.
*For more information on the hilarious Linda Landeros please check her out at LindaLanderos.com.

*Check out  Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of our series about costuming the play, Telenovela Wive of Pancho Villa.

 

Fashion

Styling The Wives Of Pancho Villa (Marta Portillo as Soledad)

Marta Portillo as Soledad in Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  Here we are at Part 3 of our Styling The Wives Of Pancho Villa blog post series. Today we feature the sweet, lovely, awesomely talented, Marta Portillo, playing the vain and excitable, Soledad (Wife #3).

Marcy:  Gasp! She’s so pretty. Does she need a kitty? I’ll be her kitty too!

Cynthia:  Calm down, Marcy. You’re not going anywhere.

I wanted to keep the dusky pink theme going with the wives and this dress was perfect for the young and carefree Soledad. The dress and the necklace are both Forever 21 items.

Marta Portillo as Soledad in Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  Originally we put this dress on Dona Luz. And while it looked fantastic on Kazandra as well, it just wasn’t right for her character. Dona Luz, as the first wife, needed to be sophisticated and command respect.

But Soledad, as the youngest and most recent wife, needed to look like she was on a beach vacation and having the time of her life with the love of her life.

Marta Portillo and Achilles Molina in Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Marcy: Pancho’s so handsome. And that’s an impressive ‘stache.

Cynthia:  That’s Achilles Molina. He’s our Pancho Villa! And he’s perfect as Pancho. More on Pancho later! So that’s it. Nothing snarky or mean to say today, Marcy? I’m surprised.

Marcy:  Your exuberance, mushiness, and grating niceness must be rubbing off on me. I need a bath. I’ll be back in full Mean Marcy mode tomorrow.

Cynthia (sarcastically):  Great.

Marcy:  You’re welcome.

*For Part One of Styling The Wives of Pancho Villa please click here.
*For Part Two of Styling The Wives of Pancho Villa please click here.

Fashion

Styling The Wives Of Pancho Villa (Paula Rebelo as Juanita)

Paula Rebelo as Juanita in
Telenovela Wives Of Pancho Villa


Cynthia:  So here we are at Part Two of our Styling The Wives of Pancho Villa blog post series for the play, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, by Jeffery Atik.

Marcy:  Just get on with it already.

Cynthia:  Wife #2 is Juanita, played by powerhouse actor, Paula Rebelo.

Paula Rebelo

Cynthia:  Seriously, Paula is an incredible force onstage. I could watch her work all day. She attacks her part with precision and playfulness and fills up the entire theatre. She is awesomely talented. Plus, OMG, she’s so gorgeous.

Marcy (in love):  Do you think she would let me be her kitty?

Cynthia:  Paula’s character, Juanita, has a face off with first wife, Dona Luz, so I wanted to put her in the reverse colors of Dona Luz. Black top and pink skirt.

Paula Rebelo as Juanita in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  The top is thrifted and the skirt is from Forever 21. It was a steal at $7.80. I added the green flower to tie in the other costumes that I will get to later on.

Pancho and his wives in
Telenovela Wives Of Pancho Villa

Marcy:  Hey. I added the green flower.

Cynthia:  You mean you tried to kill the green flower because you thought it was a sick bird and therefore, easy pickings.

Marcy:  Shhhh… I want Paula to think I gave her something special so she’ll let me be her kitty.

Cynthia:  I’m not sure Paula wants a high maintenance kitty who exhibits terrorist tendencies on a daily basis.

Marcy:  You’re wrong, Cindy.  Everybody wants a homicidal kitty in their life.

 

*For more information on Paula’s fascinating body of work, please check her out at PaulaRebelo.com

*For Part 1 of Styling the Wives of Pancho Villa please click here.

 

Fashion

Styling The Wives Of Pancho Villa (Kazandra Santana as Dona Luz)

Kazandra Santana as Dona Luz in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa


Cynthia:  Yay! Our show, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, by Jeffery Atik, has opened to sold out audiences!

Marcy:  Whatever. Let’s talk costumes.

Cynthia:  We spent $300 costuming thirteen actors. It’s a mix of the actors’ own clothes, thrift shop finds, and Forever 21.

The year is 1914 during the Mexican Revolution. The play is a fictionalized satire of the lives of Pancho Villa’s many wives done in the Telenovela style. Think soap opera, comedy, high drama, intrigue, and The Real Housewives shows.

Dona Luz, who was Pancho Villa’s first wife, is the heart of the show.

 

 

Cynthia:  Our Dona Luz is played by the super talented Kazandra Santana.

 

Kazandra Santana

 

Cynthia:  Kazandra as Dona Luz was my first outfit find and we built the show around this costume.

 

Kazandra Santana as Dona Luz
Top and Skirt from Forever 21

I was lucky that Forever 21 has long skirts and old fashioned type tops that are lightweight and inexpensive. And sexy. Our idea was to evoke 1914, not literally translate it with period costumes. It is a Telenovela after all!

This dusky pink was perfect and Kazandra looks elegant and beautiful. The belt is her own and gave the outfit a rustic element.

Kazandra Santana brings such depth, grace, humor, outrage, conniving, and sexiness to her role that I am sure the real life Dona Luz would be thrilled to pieces.

Dona Luz, first and forever wife of Pancho Villa

Marcy:  I don’t know. The real life Dona Luz looks pretty fierce. She doesn’t look like the kind of lady who would be thrilled to pieces about anything.

Cynthia:  She does seem pretty formidable in this photo. Hey! Maybe she needs a cat.

Marcy:  Well. Obviously.

 

Fine Arts

Opening Night of Telenovela Wives Of Pancho Villa

Telenovela Wives Of Pancho Villa


Cynthia and Marcy are running around like headless chickens, screaming and panicking.

Cynthia:  Marcy! The play I am producing and you are costuming – Telenovela Wives Of Pancho Villa – is opening tonight!

Marcy:  I know.

Cynthia:  Well hurry up with that hat.

Marcy:  You hurry up.

Cynthia:  I just thought of five things that need to be done.

Marcy:  So you do them.

Cynthia:  I don’t have time.

Marcy:  I don’t have time either.

Cynthia:  We haven’t even blogged in a week.

Marcy:  There’s no time.

Cynthia and Marcy look at each other and start screaming.

Marcy and Cynthia:  AAAAAACCCCKKKKKK!!!!

They collapse to the floor.

Silence.

Marcy:  Why don’t you show some rehearsal photos and we can do write ups about the costumes and the costume process next week.

Cynthia:  Good idea. Here it is.

Life in the theatre. An emotional life. A silly life. A fun life. A difficult life. The best life.

 

 

 

 

Fashion

Feline Fashion At The Hollywood Fringe

Bridgit King

Cynthia:  So I was in the Theatre Row section of Hollywood this past Saturday – doing a tech rehearsal for the play I am producing for The Hollywood Fringe Festival (Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa) – and saw this gorgeous girl wearing a super cool cat sweatshirt.

Marcy:  Don’t tell me. You exuberantly and insanely accosted her with your iPhone and demanded pics to put on our blog.

Cynthia:  Why, yes. I did.

Marcy:  And she didn’t call the police?

Cynthia:  Nope.

Marcy:  Wow. You got lucky this time.

Cynthia:  Her name is Bridgit King and she’s an actor, director, and producer out here in Los Angeles. She’s producing a series of plays called Driven by Demons for the Hollywood Fringe Festival that looks edgy and exciting.

What I love about Bridget is that she captured an effortless California-girl, boldly individualistic/artistic, completely adorable, LA actress look. And she did it with an awesomely neat-o cat shirt!

Bridgit King

Cynthia: Sigh… I wish I could pull off shorts and boots and a cat tshirt like Bridget.

Marcy:  Yeah, right. They’d laugh you right out of the old folks home.

Cynthia:  Marcy! I’m not that old.

Marcy:  Sorry. You could pull off shorts and boots and a cat tshirt…

Cynthia:  Thank you.

Marcy (snickering):  …in your dreams.

 

*Thank you to Bridgit for letting us feature her on our blog. And for not calling the police. To see her play please check out her page on the Hollywood Fringe Festival site here.



Fine Arts

Costume Design By… Marcy?

Postcard for Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa
Design by Alex Amerri


Cynthia:  Okay, Marcy. We got asked to do costumes for the play I am co-producing for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, a new play by Jeffery Atik.

Marcy:  You?

Cynthia:  Us!

Marcy:  You’ve never done that in your life. You don’t know how to operate a sewing machine. You are a fashion disaster most of the time. What’s wrong with them? Don’t they have eyes?

Cynthia (nonchalantly):  Apparently, if you are the only woman on the producing team and have a semi-fashion blog, people will assume you know fashion stuff.

Marcy:  And you said yes?!

Cynthia:  WE said yes. Or, I said yes for you. It will be your name in the program. Costume Design by Marcy Very Much.

Marcy: Don’t they know I’m a cat?!

Cynthia:  Oh yeah. They think it’s cool. I figured we could document our progress on the blog.

Marcy:  You mean our panic.

Cynthia (brightly):  That too! So we will have thirteen actors to outfit in 1914 attire. We want the women to look sexy and beautiful and powerful and –

 

 

Marcy (panicking):  Thirteen actors in period dress?!! What’s the budget?

Silence.

Marcy (now screaming):  What’s the budget?!

Cynthia:  There is no budget.

Marcy faints.

Cynthia (cheering):  Hollywood Fringe Festival – here we come!

Marcy is still passed out.

Cynthia:  It’s okay Marcy! We can handle it!

Cynthia faints too.

Cynthia with the cast and producing team for
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

 

*Our postcard design was done by the super talented, Alex Amerri. Check out his website, AlexAmerri.com. Thank you, Alex!

 

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