Says brilliant costume designer Nancy Potts: "This
show has been for me the "Great Design Trip" - Like no other costume design
project I've ever faced. No ordinary run-of-the-mill Broadway "Ego
Scene" here - ideas came from everywhere and everyone - most of all from
the kids themselves. They have a firm understanding of themselves,
emotionally and visually, and it would have been against all the show stands
for to force on them hackneyed Broadway costuming techniques. Always
I've had and still have - for we change the costumes constantly - a sense
of continually creating together. It has allowed all of us to be
more inspired than we ever could have been alone. Theatre is the
art of collaboration - but not until HAIR do I think that art was fully
Mr. Wagner's designs include the Lincoln Center productions
of "Galileo" and "The Condemned of Altona" plus "The Trial of Lee Harvey
Oswald", "In White America", "A View From The Bridge", and many others.
He talks about the problems Hair presented him: "They were very interesting
to solve. For instance, the script calls for a totem pole on stage,
but I felt that just as the play billed itself as an "American Tribal Love
Rock Musical", but wasn't about Indians at all, so should the totem pole
not really be an Indian totem pole either. Instead we made it as
contemporary as the play, building it up out of advertisements, signs and
other modern objects which are the totems and taboos of our society today."
Managing Director Richard Osario has picked Los Angeles as his base for operations. A former manager and trouble-shooter for David Merrick, Dick also set up the national production of "Charlie Brown".
A purposeful negotiator, Dick found a home for HAIR in
New York when, prior to its phenomenal Broadway opening, no theatre owner
wanted it. Dick finds the low-key living in Los Angeles much more
suited to his lifestyle than the frenzy of New york, and has planted his
feet firmly on the West Coast, there to stay.
Michael Gifford, National Director of Communications,
is a mother of three, a Brownie leader and President of her own public
relations firm. She is a lady who runs two households (one city,
one country), and manages to cook an occasional gourmet dinner for her
husband and partner. HAIR is the fourth phenomenon that Mike has
publicized in a decade, "Around The World In 80 Days", "Batman", and "Cheetah"
preceding her current assignment.
Production co-ordinator Fred Reinglas "holding book" on
HAIR. Fred was, prior to HAIR, the dean of off-Broadway stage managers.
Since its opening, Fred has been casting, organizing and rehearsing new
companies of HAIR all around the country. He has committed to memory
every prop, light cue, and back stage activity that goes into all of HAIR's
many productions. Fred makes his home in New York, but it is rare
to find him there. "I've spent more time in airplanes and theatres
this past year than anywhere else" said Fred who can be seen almost any
day, bulging antique leather U.S. mail sack in hand, on his way to "lay
out" a new production of HAIR.
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