Costume bible for principles and research in Moby Dick

Maker and role
Artist: Jane Greenwood, British, born 1934
ca. 2010

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Photocopies, found images, and fabric swatches
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Gift of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund
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Theatre production
Opera by Jake Heggie, based on the novel by Herman Melville. Commissioned and premiered by the Dallas Opera, 2010.
Further information
"I open the door to the character" - Jane Greenwood

Jane Greenwood's designs for Moby Dick exemplify this philosophy. She costumed Melville's iconic characters, including Captain Ahab (with a peg leg) and Queequeg (with Maori tattoos), and the diverse crew of a 19th century whaling ship. Costume bibles reveal the research that gave such authenticity to this acclaimed production, an important addition to American opera in the Tobin Collection.

Recipient of honors including a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Greenwood presented the Distinguished Lecture in Theatre Arts at the McNay in 2011.
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