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WSD2017|A Happy End
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

United States of America

Laura Crow

A Happy End

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

A Happy End is a new play focusing on a society consumed with irrational thinking and a population that crumbles in the face of propaganda. The action centers on a famous Jewish physicist and his family during the rise of Hitler in the winter of 1932/1933. The family loves the cultural life in Berlin, and their son is a writer using the poetry of the German language to express his ideas. They plan to flee, but decide to go to their country house instead so they may return to their beloved Berlin when the craziness is over ‐ obviously the wrong choice. The costumes are heightened to punctuate their macabre cultural rituals in the face of political suicide. The stark setting used high contrast projections and war propaganda stressing the effects of extreme politics on an otherwise rational society twisting and distorting the characters and costumes.

Laura Crow

Laura Crow, Costume Design Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut. Her costume designs have been seen in over 300 productions from Japan, Russia and China to Turkey and the Czech Republic as well as England, Europe and the United States. Her work is best known through her poetic realism designs on Broadway. Her many awards include the Drama Desk, Obie, Villager, Maharam and American Theatre Wing Awards (New York Broadway and offBroadway), the DramaLogue and BackStage West Garland Award (Los Angeles), Joseph Jefferson Nominations and Awards (Chicago), four ZONI Awards (Phoenix) and the Bay Area Critics Award (San Francisco). She has been selected five times to be among those representing American Theatre Design at the Prague Quadrennial and her designs have been selected for WSD in Toronto, Seoul and Cardiff, as well as for the Exhibition at Lincoln Center: Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designers, highlighting 100 designers over the past 100 years in New York City. Her designs were part of the exhibition Costume Design at the Turn of the Century: 1990 – 2015 at the Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow. Laura Crow is one of the founders of OISTAT’s Costume Design Group and was head for 10 years (19992010).

Email Address: Laura.Crow@uconn.edu

Theatre Company Abingdon Theatre Company

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-03-11

The Premiere Space of Production 312 West 36th Street, New York City

Author Iddo Netanyahu

Director/ Choreographer Alex Dmitriev

Set Designer Blair Mielnik

Lighting Designer Katy Atwell

Costume Designer Laura Crow

Sound Designer David Margolin Lawson

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Dennis Corsi

Other Creative Collaborator/s Photographs taken by Laura Crow