|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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