OUTCOME OF DEVELOPMENT - MARCH 2018
Our endeavor in staging The Big Chapel, is not to create a documentary or reenactment, nor is it to merely illustrate Kilroy’s book.
Like all histories, whatever accounts linger in print may vary from individual’s subjective memories, or may have undergone permutations in the handing down of legend from one generation to the next.
Our aim is to tell a larger story which speaks to current issues of how power, politics and tribalism, can divide or unite societies, and destroy families. It is to look back on past events and to listen closely to the reverberation of those events.
With that in mind, the costume design will place the characters in a parallel world. It will be a Schrödinger’s Cat of Costume Design: one that is neither the past nor the future, but rather, both... simultaneously. The costumes should feel familiar yet unrecognizable.
No viewer will mistake this for a historical reenactment, but will immediately know they are immersed in a new telling of a story. Inspiration for the stylization of the costumes comes straight from pop culture, resonating with film costuming seen in Star Wars, The Matrix, Assassin’s Creed, Dr. Strange, and even in Eiko Ishioka’s designs for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Blending elements from the past, the present, traditional cultures and imagined dystopian futures, I intend to bring an epic flair to the story, with drama and emotion that will speak to younger audiences.
LISA ZAGONE - MARCH 2018