Sense and Sensibility
In PlayMakers Repertory Company's 2017 production of Sense and Sensibility, Costume designer Olivera Gajic wanted an early 1800s look. In this more modern adaptation, rain on stage was used as an expression of the emotion felt by the sisters throughout. When Elinor discovers Edward is engaged, this strong sense of sadness and betrayal culminates in a rain scene. As the rain happens in her mind, she must return on stage in act two, a continuation of the first act, completely dry. To accommodate this, two identical dresses were created for Elinor - one for the first act, designated as the dress that got wet, and the other reserved for the second act.
For this production I was the draper for:
Elinor's base dress made of embroidered gray chiffon with beaded and striped silk sleeves and front panels, all with a blue satin underlay. Two identical fichus accompany each gown and snap into the neckline.
Elinor's ball gown of blue silk organza with puff sleeves
I was the tailor for:
Sir John's gold coat and striped vest
Pictured: Shanelle Nicole Leonard
Pictured in background: Dan Toot, Emily Bosco, Rishan Dhamija, Sarah Keyes