What a treat it is to have time on your side. And what about space? That too. For this production, we had both. Longer rehearsal period means more time for discovery… more time for creativity to set in. Of course, as a Set Designer, that doesn’t mean much unless the set is also involved in that process… and it was. Cue the new rehearsal space known as “Progress Lab 1422”, and voila… time and space. The set was built ahead of time so it could be set up in the rehearsal room…. Most of it anyway. It is truly a rare pleasure for directors to enjoy rehearsals on the actual set, as the set is...
After the QuakeCostume Designer Sheila White took a few moments out of her busy schedule to tell us about the work she did for the show.
What sort of research have you done about Japanese clothing?
Fortunately the cast is of Asian descent so of course they had a lot to say about esthetics.
How are you dealing with Frog's costume?
There was a lot of discussion over the character of frog. There are a lot of different ways one could go about costuming him. Firstly, one could be quite literal and make a huge lumbering frog costume. Or, one could pick up on the "essence" of frog by picking a few...
We were very happy to be able to work with an illustrator for after the quake - it's not often we get that opportunity. Edward Kwong was just the right fit - he's a huge Murakami fan and in fact his web portfolio had a Quake illustration up that he'd done just for fun.
Here is what he had to say about the project:
I usually jump at the chance to work on anything Murakami related and fortunately for me, Pi Theatre and Rumble Productions provided me with the opportunity. I've been a fan of Murakami's work for the past few years, ever since a friend recommended Kafka On The Shore to me. His...
Pi has really enjoyed the partnerships we established for After the Quake with Vancouver's National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre and the Bulletin, a journal of Japanese community, history, and culture. These organizations both work to share Japanese Canadian culture with Vancouver. It's been great to connect to Vancouver's Japanese community through these groups. Check out the feature on After the Quake in the latest issue of the Bulletin!