PLAY: Check Please: Take 3
I assumed that my characters were probably middle-aged. This is because they are both in town to attend a funeral for their cousin, who is probably around the same age as them. The cause of death was not mentioned, but they didn’t hint that the death was particularly unnatural, so it was probably just of old age. Cousin Trudy was probably a bit older than Girl. Girl, being called “Girl,” is definitely a girl. I researched some simple first date outfits, and the only ones that showed up were for women, and I just picked one I sort of liked. It’s supposed to be a leather jacket over a white, flowy blouse, blue jeans, and leather boots. She’s also wearing a gold locket necklace. She mentions television, which means she has access to a TV, so I guess she’s most likely middle-upper class in terms of social status. Because of her social status, she probably has a decent job, so she can afford a nice outfit. She’s speaking English, so I assume it’s in the United States of America because that’s where English is spoken the most. They’re in a restaurant. She’s on a date with Eddie, so her dress it probably rather formal but not overly so. The time of day is probably in the evening, around dinnertime. They don’t mention the temperature or weather, so it’s probably rather mild. In terms of the historical period, I would say it’s modern, 2010’s maybe because the play was published in 2010. Televisions exist, and planners are used. The outfit is also modern. She has an average personality, shown by her average first date outfits. She does have a therapist, like Eddie, but they don’t discuss that.
I assumed that my characters were probably middle-aged. This is because they are both in town to attend a funeral for their cousin, who is probably around the same age as them. The cause of death was not mentioned, but they didn’t hint that the death was particularly unnatural, so it was probably just of old age. Cousin Trudy was probably a bit older than Eddie. Eddie is a basic guy’s name, and he mentions that he isn’t gay, so I assumed that he was a man. I sort of based his outfit off of Girl’s, whose I designed first. They mention many times that they have lots of similarities between them, so I made their outfits match too. It isn’t too obvious, though, just like how they only discover that they’re cousins at the end. They have the same color palette—blue, yellow/gold, white, and brown. Eddie’s suit is blue like Girl’s jeans, dress shirt white like her blouse, pants, and shoes brown like her jacket and boots, suit buttons gold like her locket. His social status seems pretty average. He’s not impoverished or mega-wealthy, but I’d say he gets by comfortably. Consequently, he probably has a job that pays well. His outfit is not very cheap, but he can afford it. Eddie is also speaking English, so it’s obviously in the same place as Girl, which is America. It is mentioned that they are in a restaurant. He’s on a date with Girl, so his clothing is fairly formal. No time of day is explicitly mentioned, but I assumed it’s in the evening because that’s when most people go on dinner dates. The weather and season are not mentioned, so temperatures are probably not too extreme outside. It’s a modern setting, so the outfits I chose are pretty much what I’ve seen people wear around shopping malls or semi-formal restaurants. Their personalities both seem average, almost boring. I tried to reflect that in their rather basic first date outfits. They make jokes and talk casually. The only psychological factor maybe worth mentioning is how he has a therapist, but he doesn’t go too deep into that.
I recently completed my costume design of two characters from scene 8 of the play Check Please: Take 3 by Jonathan Rand. They are Girl and Eddie, and I had to read a short scene for some background. I then interpreted their characters to design a costume for each of them.
I was a bit nervous for the drawing component of this assignment because my artistic talent is severely lacking. This is clearly shown through my drawings. You can sort of make out what the clothes look like, but there could have been more detail. This means that I have to practice drawing more in order to improve my art skills. But I did enjoy writing about my interpretation of each of the characters, as well as describing their outfits (with words.) It was more difficult to transfer that to colored pencils and markers on cardstock. I feel like what I drew was different from what I had in mind.
What did this process teach you about how theatre is created? Did it confirm something you already knew or did it challenge something you knew?
People who work in theatre are talented in so many different ways. When you see a show, you mostly see the actors. They work very hard, of course, but there are many more roles behind the stage. Costume is a large part of a show. Good costumes are able to inexplicitly explain the setting and characters, sort of even working as exposition. I also believe you should be somewhat of a good artist to be a costume designer, so others can visually see what the characters need to wear. The costume designers also have to work with actors to see it the costume fits, lighting people to choose which light best shows the costume, and prop people to make sure the prop does not interfere with the costume.