The Joy of Design - March Blog 2015
by Scott Rott
Costume Designer
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

I am so thrilled that I get to design the costumes for the next play at Forward Theater! That play is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. I have designed many plays for Forward and for many other theaters. I have designed big shows and small shows, world premieres and classics. Every show is unique but the process is similar.

First comes meetings with the director and the other designers. Figuring out the world of the show. Next is the research. For a costume designer its finding images that will help tell who each character is. Finally we come to design - whether sketching each look or collaging found images. This is a process of discovery. Finding out who each character is and how they are effected by what is happening in the show - what is their journey. Then comes shopping and fitting. What costumes will be built? Are the any quick changes to figure out? Pulling the whole look together.

For Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike this has been an amazing process. Every character is so unique with subtleties and boldness. And there is a costume party in the middle of the play - what could be more fun? This show is truly a labor of love for me. Enjoy the show.