The University Record, February 12, 2001

Shakespeare costumes on display

Kathryn Beam, senior associate librarian, Special Collections Library, puts the finishing touches on one of the costumes displayed in ‘Costuming in Shakespeare’s History Plays.’ In celebration of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) campus performances and Michigan Residency in March, the exhibition will be shown through April 14 at the Special Collections Library, seventh floor, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Highlights include illustrations from books that depict older approaches to designing costumes; the complete modern process of making costumes, from artists’ drawings to final fabric renditions; and items on loan from the Stratford Festival of Canada and local designer Zelma Weisfeld, professor emerita of theatre and drama.

A panel discussion on costume design for Shakespeare’s plays will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Special Collections Library. Panelists include Stratford Festival designers Doug Paraschuk and U-M alumna Francesca Callow; Blair Anderson, chair, Theatre Department, Wayne State University, and a designer turned director; and Nephelie Andonyadis, assistant professor of theatre and drama, who designed costumes for the University’s recent production of The Tempest. Gary Decker, assistant professor of theatre and drama, and production supervisor, will moderate.

For more about the RSC’s March visit to campus, click here. Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services

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