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Marcy’s Costume Design For Getting A Head

Cast and crew of Portable Currency’s previews of
Getting A Head, a new play by Jeffery Atik

Cynthia:  Woo hoo! Congrats to the cast and crew of Getting A Head (a new play by Jeffery Atik, and presented by our theatre group, Portable Currency) on a fantastic weekend of performances!

Marcy (pouting):  Yeah yeah. So the acting was sensational, the direction was stellar, and the writing was superb. Whatever.

Cynthia:  Why so grumpy?

Marcy:  The costumes were only okay.

Cynthia:  Awwww… I think you did a great job for under $100. And anyway, we only needed to suggest the costumes, not create a literal interpretation.

Marcy (still pouting):  Whatever.

Cynthia:  Oh stop it. Let’s look at your highlights. Here we’ve got a young Queen Victoria as played by the voraciously versatile actor, Olivia Cristina Delgado.

Olivia Cristina Delgado as a young Queen Victoria

Cynthia:  This dress and two petticoats were found at Goodwill. What a score! I thought Queen Vicky’s costume would be the most difficult and it was the easiest.

And here we’ve got Steven Christian Amendola as Charley “Chinese” Gordon (a famous British martyr) and Olivia as a murderous boy, Suleiman.

Steven Christian Amendola as Charley Gordon
Olivia Cristina Delgado as Suleiman

Cynthia: Both are in marching band jackets that I got at Jet Rag in Hollywood. We thought marching band jackets would be more colorful than military jackets.

Marcy:  Also way cheaper.

Cynthia: And here we’ve got Winston Churchill’s mom, Jennie Jerome, played by the always marvelous, Marta Portillo.

Marta Portillo as Jennie Jerome
aka Winston Churchill’s mom

Cynthia: She’s wearing her own black top and pearls, and I got this navy blue Jessica McClintock skirt at a thrift store for $7.

Marcy (excitedly):  That’s Marta from the last play we costumed – Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa. I love Marta. Do you think she’d let me be her kitty?

Cynthia:  She does love cats but –

Marcy races off to pack a bag and head to Marta’s.

Cynthia:  Wait! You forgot about Muneeb’s suit!

Muneeb Rehman as Zubayr

Cynthia:  Our actor, Muneeb Rehman, found this suit at a thrift store some time ago and was waiting for the perfect time to wear it. Lucky for us it was our play!

Marcy races out the door with a suitcase full of Friskies.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Come back! We’re reopening Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa in two weeks at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood and need to find a Santa hat and a few more costumes…

Marcy runs faster.


by the way, my costume for crazy Dutch explorer, Alexine Tinne (far left)
was culled entirely from my own wardrobe.
And that’s the Anthro “snakebite belt”




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Styling The Wives Of Pancho Villa

Opening Night

 

 

 

 

 

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Marcy Gets Hired As A Costume Designer! Again!


Cynthia:  Congrats, Marcy! You did such a great job costuming the last play, you got hired again!

Marcy: Oh yeah? What are the deets?

Cynthia:  You need to find costumes for a young Queen Victoria, who was quite the fashion plate in her younger years.

Queen Victoria

Cynthia:  Winston Churchill’s mom, Jennie Jerome, who was considered the greatest beauty of her time.

Jennie Jerome

Cynthia:  Jennie Jerome was an American from Brooklyn, New York.  She was one of the first “Buccaneers”, rich American women who went to England to marry for a title. Think of Lady Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern’s character) in Downton Abbey. Jennie was quite the man killer too. She was rumored to have over 200 lovers.

Marcy (impressed):  Go Jennie!

Cynthia: Also, Alexine Tinne, a very rich and very eccentric Dutch explorer, who spent most of her adult life exploring North Eastern and Central Africa. She especially wanted to discover the source of the Nile. Alexine was fearless.

Alexine Tinne

Marcy (impressed):  Go Alexine!

Cynthia:  And as for the men, we’ve got to outfit a young Winston Churchill, General Charles Gordon, slave trader Zubayr, and his son, Suleiman.

Marcy:  The men’s costumes are never as fun. Just tell them all to wear suits and call it a day.

Cynthia:  Ummm… well… their costumes are important too. Especially since they have the larger roles.

Marcy:  Fine. So what’s the budget?

Silence.

Marcy:  No budget? Again? You’re doing another period piece and expect to me come up with fabulous costumes for… nothing?!

Cynthia:  You can spend $100 and I’ll give you all the Friskies you can eat. Deal?

Marcy:  I need to consult my agent.

Cynthia:  I am your agent.

Marcy:  Obviously, I need a new agent.

*The show I am working on is called Getting A Head, a new play by Jeffery Atik. We are running previews at Theater Asylum Lab in Hollywood on November 14,15,16. (i’m playing Alexine!)


*Email MarcyVeryMuch@gmail.com to get a seat. Admission is free/just rsvp. =^..^=



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Opening Night Of Telenovela Wives Of Pancho Villa

 

 

 

 

 

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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.