All of us here at Berkeley Rep were saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Pakledinaz, an extraordinary two-time Tony Award-winning costume designer.
In addition to his vast repertoire of Broadway and ballet designs (including work at San Francisco Ballet and Sutton Foster’s iconic yellow dress in Thoroughly Modern Millie), Marty also designed two productions at Berkeley Rep: The Triumph of Love in 1994 and Changes of Heart in 1996, both Marivaux works translated and directed by Stephen Wadsworth. We have many fond memories of working with him, and we’re honored to be included in his prestigious resume.
Yesterday, the New York Times published Marty’s obituary, including a number of photos of his work, so we won’t repeat it here. But we do invite anyone who has memories of working with him at Berkeley Rep to share them -- or a note of appreciation -- in our comments section.
Yesterday's matinee performance of Emotional Creature inspired many audience members to take action in their community. At the post-show talkback, one woman offered to teach a free writing class for high-school students, while another made a commitment to volunteer at a local organization, and a teen wanted to start an organization at her high school.
What about you? Has Emotional Creature inpsired you to take action? Or what community activities are you already involved with?