|Sketch for Regina|
|Costumes for Alexandra and Birdie|
Birdie, Regina's sister-in-law, is a free spirit who longs for the old days of the gracious South. Her dresses are less fashion-forward than Regina's and harken back to the styles of the late 19th century. Dornan noted the "fluttery quality" of the fabrics she chose for Birdie that mimic her flightiness.
Alexandra, who is Regina's daughter, is closer to her aunt than her mother. Her costumes blend the two women's styles.
Dorman with Addie's
Dorman commented that costume design at the Asolo is like "an old world craft." The costumes are all hand made, and Dorman likened each finished product to a jewel. She clearly relishes the time that goes into designing the costumes for a play compared to the "assembly line" of television. (Dornan worked for three years on "As the World Turns," winning an Emmy for her work in 2007.) To learn more about Dornan and her work, click here.
As always, having some insight into the production made me enjoy "The Little Foxes" all the more. The show runs through April 15, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. If you do go, get there early to peruse the program. It's full of great information about Hellman's play and the period in which it is set. Better yet, get there an hour before the show and you can get "the scoop" with one of the cast members. It's all part of the Asolo's desire to provide a deeper theater experience for its audiences.