When Pigs Fly

New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, May 2018

Winner: 2018 Theatre Bay Award for Costume Design

This showy musical by Howard Crabtree, Mark Waldrop, and Dick Gallagher was so costume heavy that the director, Ed Decker, decided to divide the design among his three most trusted designers. Keri Fitch, Jorge Hernandez, and I  chose which segments we wanted to work on, and Keri, having designed the show before, led the effort to ensure harmony among the designs. I did a lot of painting by hand ("Stay in the Game", "Light In the Loafers", "Adam and Steve", "Freak!") and there were lots of unusual mechanical challenges such as: rigging light-up shoes ("Loafers"), making a two-person centaur ("Not All Man"), rigging table skirts to become pannier dresses ("Wear Your Vanity With Pride"), and rigging a pop-out cuckoo clock headpiece and a drop-down rubber chicken tutu ("Over the Top Finale"). This is one of the most technically challenging musicals I've designed up to this point, and it was both an intense learning experience and a ridiculously fun show to design. And now I'm only, like, two degrees of separation from Bob Mackie who simultaneously designed the stalled New York Revival production!

Queen Of Diamonds
Queen Of Diamonds
Queen Of Spades
Queen Of Spades
Queen Of Hearts
Queen Of Hearts
Queen Of Clubs
Queen Of Clubs
You've Got to Stay In the Game
You've Got to Stay In the Game
Stay in the Game Closeup
Stay in the Game Closeup

Stay in the Game Back
Stay in the Game Back
Light In The Loafers
Light In The Loafers
Light In the Loafers Opening
Light In the Loafers Opening
Light in the Loafers Bridge
Light in the Loafers Bridge
Light In the Loafers Finale
Light In the Loafers Finale
Adam and Steve.jpg
Adam and Steve.jpg
Adam and Steve Opening
Adam and Steve Opening
Adam and Steve goes Awry
Adam and Steve goes Awry
Not All Man
Not All Man
Not All Man at the gym
Not All Man at the gym
Not All Man 1
Not All Man 1
Not All Man 2
Not All Man 2
Not All Man 3
Not All Man 3
Wear Your Vanity With Pride Yellow Lady
Wear Your Vanity With Pride Yellow Lady
Wear Your Vanity With Pride Blue Lady.jpg
Wear Your Vanity With Pride Blue Lady.jpg
Vanity Gentlemen
Vanity Gentlemen
Ladies' Wig Change
Ladies' Wig Change
Seated at the Vanities
Seated at the Vanities
Vanities Rear
Vanities Rear
Blue Lady Wig
Blue Lady Wig
Yellow Lady Wig
Yellow Lady Wig
Purple Dandy Wig
Purple Dandy Wig
Green Dandy Wig
Green Dandy Wig
Pink Dandy Wig
Pink Dandy Wig
Freak! Fanboy
Freak! Fanboy
Freak! Diva
Freak! Diva
Freak! Monster
Freak! Monster
Freak! Beast
Freak! Beast
Monster Entrance
Monster Entrance
Diva Entrance
Diva Entrance
Beast Entrance
Beast Entrance
Freak! Cast
Freak! Cast
Freak! Finale
Freak! Finale
Freak! Masks
Freak! Masks
Bigger Is Better
Bigger Is Better
Bigger Is Better 1
Bigger Is Better 1
Bigger Is Better 2
Bigger Is Better 2
Bigger Is Better Headpiece
Bigger Is Better Headpiece
Over the Top Finale Watch Repair
Over the Top Finale Watch Repair
Over the Top Finale Chicken Farming
Over the Top Finale Chicken Farming
Chicken Farming
Chicken Farming
Watch Repair
Watch Repair
Freak! Production Photo by Lois Tema
Freak! Production Photo by Lois Tema
Vanity Production Photo by Lois Tema
Vanity Production Photo by Lois Tema
Light In The Loafers production photo by Lois Tema
Light In The Loafers production photo by Lois Tema
Over the Top Finale cast
Over the Top Finale cast
Watch Repair Headpiece
Watch Repair Headpiece
Chicken Farming Headpiece
Chicken Farming Headpiece