The Threepenny Opera

Directed by Claudia Tatinge Nascimento, Costume Design by Leslie Weinberg.  These wonderful photos are by Nicholas Russell, special thanks to him for letting me use them here.

In the Fall of 2008 I was hired by the Wesleyan University costume shop to work as Draper for their production of The Threepenny Opera.  Based on the idea of a “beggar’s opera” and aspiring to an environmentally conscious theater, the set and costumes were made of recycled materials donated by students.  The costume designer, the wonderful Leslie Weinberg, was also inspired by German Expressionist painters and the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and gave the costumes a kind of roughness and randomness but also precision and subtlety of color.

I was essentially the coat-and-jacket guy, and made all the men’s outerwear in the show, made out of old jackets, blankets, flannels, and especially jeans; but I also got a chance to make a little dress for Lucy Brown out of a bunch of pink athletic wear and a pair of men’s pants.