The '60s Swing in The Relapse: Anthony Chase interviews costume designer Ann Emo

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In preparing to direct John Vanbrugh’s 1696 comedy, The Relapse, these elements resonated with Derek Campbell, who decided to set the current Irish Classical Theatre Company production of the play in London of the 1960s, the Carnaby Street era, a time of high fashion and sexual revolution when England relearned to swing again “like a pendulum do,” after the oppressively conformist 1950s.


Enter costume designer Ann Emo.


The resident costume designer for the theater department at Buffalo State College, Ann received her M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and began her career in New York City, designing for stage, dance, film, and opera for many years. She was the resident costume designer for the Theater and Dance Alliance (TADA), a children’s theater organization whose performers are children and young adults. She moved to Buffalo in the early 1990s, and continued her work as a costume designer and technician at Studio Arena Theatre, where she designed over 10 productions. She has also designed for the Theater of Youth, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and the Jewish Repertory Theater of Western New York, as well as for GEVA Theater Center in Rochester.

-Anthony Chase



For the complete Article, see "The '60s Swing in the Relapse"



THE RELAPSE (or Virtue Endangered), comedy by John Vanbrugh presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Derek Campbell, starring Vincent O’Neill, Chris Corporandy, Todd Benzin, Aaron Pitre, Robert Rutland, Doug Crane, Gary Darling, Jim Maloy, Peter Jaskowiak, Diane Curley, Leah Russo, Mary Beth Lacki, Beth Donahue.



Jan 15-Feb 14, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2.


Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).

tags: fashion pop art 60's restoration buffalo state college ann emo Derek campbell the relapse
credits: Matthew Quinn / Anthony Chase
posted on 01/19/2010

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