Caribean Dictatorships & Two Gents
- Hello, folks! I've been a lurker for a while, but I thought I
might introduce myself. My name is Corey, I'm out here in San Diego.
Worked at the Globe for a while, now I'm at the University of San
I am working on a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona set in
an "unnamed, twentieth century Caribbean dictatorship". I am having
a difficult time finding examples of a particular type of silhouette
that the director has asked for... Here goes: Long-sleeved,
light-weight dresses with high collars. He does not want the boyish
look of the 1920's (but he does want a mix of 1930s through 60s
creating a timeless quality to the production). The subjugation of
women and their femininity is a theme he wants to explore. He wants
the ladies feminine and covered up, but at the same time I must
express the heat of the tropics.
I have been up and down trying to find an appropriate
silhouette for a mobster-esque state (no real military presence in the
play) and cannot find any good resources of photographs for the
upper-class ruling families of people like Batista, Papa Doc and Baby
Doc, ect. Castro is too military for my director... I have plenty of
resources about general silhouettes of the different periods, but
nothing that says "Caribbean..." Any ideas? Websites? Movies?
Books? Anything would be appreciated. Thank-you so much!!!