Name: Ashley Soliman
What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
HERE Arts Center! It’s exciting to be in a space that supports emerging and offbeat productions. Being in an actual theater has allowed us to flesh out our concept in various areas such as lighting, sound, and a real set. And there’s dressing rooms! I lucked out that so many costume pieces could be used from the original production. It’s been fun to update the looks and create new ones for the fantasy world these characters inhabit.
What’s next for you?
No upcoming costume gigs as of now, but I am very much looking forward to having time to focus on some personal projects like drawings and textile-based works. Also: wedding planning and crocheting some sweaters for the (hopefully) upcoming cold season.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
ABT’s “Whipped Cream” at Lincoln Center
Any advice for your peers?
Costume design ain’t easy but what in life is? Keep an open mind and talk to people, especially industry vets. I’ve sent many emails to strangers I admire and have been fortunate that many of them have been kind enough to help me out, whether it’s someone else they know or a list of places to contact. No matter how crazy things get, I always enjoy seeing performers initial reactions to their costumes and watching the visuals coming together with the rest of the production – theater is a collaboration after all. Last but not least, don’t be an asshole- you never know who you’ll meet or work with again.
Ashley Soliman is an artist, costumer, potato and nut aficionado, collector of objects, color fiend. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Printmaking / Fine Arts and currently works at the Jeff Fender School of Ladies’ Arts. Special thanks to Team Whiskey, Samuel Gasner, and Henderson the cat.
DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM
VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101
TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/