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Designer's Notebook

by Ana Kuzmanic

July 12th, 2006 It is very important to both director Amy Morton and me that The Pillowman take place in a non-specific period. The detectives wear nondescript, universal suits. For the stories that are enacted within the play, we are imagining periods that are remote from the present day and each other. For the Father in the stories we are imagining a Freudian image, a turn-of-the-century inspired white costume; the Mother is in a 1950’s inspired dress. In the children’s imagination, the disparate periods are not contradictory. The image of the parent in the child’s memory is conjured from their psychological imprint. Although the stories are very disturbing, our hope is to have them appear at once very beautiful and very “off.”