Hester’s world seems bleak and hopeless; we see this in the ever-present neutral grey tones which act as a base for her family. Although Hester is perceived as having nothing, she has her children, and they are hope. Hope within the family is signified in the pops of muted color each child has within their ensemble. The archetypal characters (played by the children) who interact with Hester have more saturated and richer colors with little grey tones, in the form of accessories. Jabber has navy blue tones that connect him to Chilli, his father and Hester’s dream. Bully’s pajamas and sneakers are pink, and her sweatshirt is green, grounding both her and Welfare Lady. Baby’s romper is adorned with neutral yellows, similar to Reverend D’s saturated Gold ensemble. Trouble has a red graphic tee and baseball cap; the red carries into The Doctor to signify blood. Beauty has purple printed leggings, and the color is mirrored in Amiga Gringa’s fur jacket and accessories.
The style is modern street with a urge towards basic garments. Hester is on a very low budget, and although she spends all of it on her children, she has 5 kids. Money is tight and this family is dependent on Hester’s cleverness.
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In the Blood
Purdue University Theatre
Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
Directors: Tasia Jones & Sonita L. Surratt
Costume Designer: Allison Jones
Scenic Designer: Kate Cardinalli
Lighting Designer: Baxter Carlisle Chambers
Photography: Andrew Day