The Costumes of Social Creatures
Brenda Scott Wlazlo, the Costume Designer for Tympanic's upcoming suspense thriller, Social Creatures, sat down and answered a few questions about her process and gave her take on what to anticipate about the show. Tympanic: How long have you been interested in Costume Design?
Brenda: I'm a very visual learner and I think I have always tried to glean a lot of information about a situation and/or a person by using my visual context clues. When I started acting in shows, a lot of the time the budget or the production was small enough that they gave the actor some creative input on their characters and I started to design things for myself and my cast mates in High School, my mom and I would both take on costumes for the local community theater and high school shows I was in and that turned into taking my technical college credit in the costume shop for my theater degree. This is the third Show I have had a hand in designing for Tympanic. The first being House of Weird Death, and most recently, Sandalwood.
Tympanic: What drew you to design Social Creatures?
Tympanic: What was one of your biggest challenges with this design?
Brenda: Without giving too much away, my approach was to look at a group of people who are put in an extreme circumstance. They are in a period of adjustment and are torn between trying to mentally distances themselves and hide from their current situation while still maintaining who they were before. As a designer- I had to first look at their lives before the start of the play and figure out that person's visual identity, and then transfer that into who they are currently. I felt like their clothing needed to be salvaged windows into their past that helps to give context clues to who they are now.
Tympanic: Are you a horror fan? Have any favorites?
Brenda: Going back to the very visual part, I CANNOT watch horror movies. I'm terrible. The darkest images end up staying with me for weeks and I can't get them out of my head. That being said, the production aspect of live action, like a haunted house or a play, is incredibly interesting to me. I go to them and I'm the complete opposite- I'm never scared. I always want to ask the Freddy look alike popping out in front of me how he does his make up or where he got his glove.
Tympanic: Why should people see Social Creatures?
Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Nathan Robbel
Oct 31 – Nov 16 @ the Den Fri – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3pm