In the spring of 2008, I was the costume designer for Amherst College's production of Kushner's play The Illusion. In this show, an adaption of a 17th-century French comedy, a dying man visits a magician for news of his long-estranged son. When the magician shows him three "illusions" of his son's life, those stories begin to blur the line between fact and fantasy.
The director chose to set the production in the 1920's, so my costume designs echoed that era. The costumes for the "illusion" scenes were also influenced by Tarot card designs (particularly in the choice of colors) and early 20th century Russian country clothing.
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In the third illusion, the lovers have grown older and more disillusioned with their romance.
The son's garments are inspired
by a Russian merchant's coat, while the beloved's dress is another Poiret-inspired construction.
All production photographs by Samuel Masinter.