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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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Opening Night







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?


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 to get a seat. Admission is free/just rsvp. =^..^=

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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.


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.





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?


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, Thank you, Alex!