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Costumes for ‘The School of Night’ at the Mark Taper Forum

Robert Perdziola’s costumes for “The School of Night” at the Mark Taper Forum are as intricately crafted as Peter Whelan’s 1992 drama about the political, sexual and criminal intrigues surrounding the death of Christopher Marlowe. Perdziola discusses his designs.

KIT: This costume for a play-within-the-play is made of a dozen fabrics including three kinds of velvet, silk taffeta, cotton brocade and fake fur. “It’s meant to be very grand and theatrical,” says Perdziola. “It is audacious as Marlowe himself is audacious.” (Robert Perdziola / Center Theatre Group)
Gregory Wooddell as Kit Marlowe. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
ROSALINDA: An actress and friend of Marlowe, she is dressed for a commedia dell’arte skit. “She is the daughter of a biracial marriage. Marlowe refers to her as ‘the leopardess,’ so that tells you a lot about her spirit,” Robert Perdziola says. “I came up with colors that are earthy and rich. She does have a lot of red on, but it’s coupled with gold and tan.” (Robert Perdziola / Center Theatre Group)
Tymberlee Chanel as Rosalinda Benotti. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
KIT: “He was on the cutting edge of his time, slightly decadent. He was into theology so there’s something monastic about him, but he was very attuned to his sexuality and has his own style, somewhat haphazard,” Perdziola says. “In my sketches I think you see that in his tousled hair and athletic build. There’s an attitude, a come-on to the viewer.” (Robert Perdziola / Center Theatre Group)
Actor Gregory Wooddell as Kit Marlowe (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
AUDREY: The wife of Marlowe’s patron, she schemed to get the playwright out of her husband’s life. “This is an embroidered silk satin and the embroidery is done with eggshell, salmon, green and light oatmeals,” Perdziola says. Audrey also wears a jacket of silk taffeta with a bold floral motif. “It’s quite complex and she is complex. So for me it actually is a perfect marriage of script with period.” (Robert Perdziola / Center Theatre Group)
Actress Alicia Roper as Audry Walsingham. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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