A Tale of Costuming Two Cities
Many of my friends in these here parts know that I am a costume designer for a local theater. My most recent production was a Tale of Two Cities, and its about halfway through it’s month long run. Some have asked for pics and I finally have access to the production photos that they take during early dress rehearsals. I wish I had pics of everything with all the completed details, but these are close enough.
Dr. Manette is rescued from the Bastille and reunited with his long lost daughter, Lucie at Defarges’ wine shop
The party meets Charles Darnay when they land in Dover.
Sidney Carton, drunkard and part time attorney, tasked with the job of saving Darnay. His boss, Stryver thinks he’ll get the girl. Oh, Stryvie, you adorable creep.
Sydney Carton prods Barsad for information in the Darnay case.
Darnay is accused of spying and put on trial. Witness for the prosecution, John Barsad.
Dr. Manette and Lucie at her marriage to Charles Darnay
Sydney Carton, drunken scoundrel, didn’t get the girl.
Darnay’s friend in Paris, Gabelle, is in danger as the revolution heats up.
The Marquis St. Everemond is an aristocratic ass, causes most of the troubles in our tale. Sadly, Darnay is his nephew.
Little Gaspard, a Parisian peasant, is killed by the Marquis’ coach. That little nugget of dead sunshine is my own SuperSon3. His death sparks the rage that brings the peasants to violent revolt - and me to tears, every time I see this scene.
You guys, it’s a really sad scene. The song is DEVASTATING.
uh-oh, they woke the sleeping giant. Y’all are gonna get it now.
Paris is in full revolution mode.
The revolution is leveling up, and people have got their gear on. They kill the king and queen in effigy.
It looks like they are gonna fight West Side Story style. Be cool boy.
Where else would two scallawags such as Jerry Cruncher and John Barsad find themselves than in the midst of revolution. There’s money to be made, folks.
Darnay at the French Tribunal, is sentenced to death.
Bad decision, Charles. You knew you shouldn’t have gone back to Paris.
Lucie sings her sorrow. Way to go, Charles.
Bardad and Carton cook up a drunken plan - the best kind.
Darnay is saved!!
Mme Defarge is not.
Sydney meets and them comforts the seamstress while he waits to die in Charles’ place. You do you, Carton. It’s a tough choice.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. Cue tears.