Produced by Randolph college
Wounds to the Face is a series of vignettes about vanity, the fragility of the human condition, and what we hide from ourselves and others. Like most Barker plays, it lacks narrative cohesion, so I set forward to visually tie the world together with costumes that could traverse the time and space of Barker's world. I came across an early 20th century art style, Vorticism, that provided a way to use converging lines across costume and spaces to create patterns and looks for the characters. Those further back in time had more painted elements to costume, whereas contemporary or close to contemporary characters had less accents. Director Matjash Mrozewski choreographed the action around the tight interstitial scenes and together we stripped the Annex theatre down to a black stage and all black props and set pieces, illuminated by the architectural lighting of Antoine Du Toit.
Performed at the Annex Theatre, Fringe 2018
PLAYWRIGHT: Howard Barker
DIRECTOR: Matjash Mrozewski
SCENOGRAPHY: Claire Hill
LIGHTING: Andre Du Toit
SOUND: Nicole De Angelis
MAKEUP AND MASK BUILDER: Jacob Giguere
FEATURING: Term 5 Actors of Randolph College
PHOTOGRAPHY: Raph Nogal
selected Costume collages
This production required an in-show poster of a fictional Dictator. I based this one off of a poster of Stalin, dressed the actress up, and used a little bit of photoshop to make her a bit more masculine, but still recognizable. Ironically, the Dictator was played by a young woman named Hope.