|Photo by Mithra Ballesteros, First Stage Children's Theater|
The bicycle is also an intriguing technological wonder that will likely generate many questions during audience talkbacks. It is composed of a mishmash of parts from the past and the present. Its riders jump forward, backwards, and sideways through time frequently.
To help the audience keep track, the production provides hints, both subtle and overt, that point to location and date. Some of those clues come in the form of costumes. Costume Designer Kim Instenes deliberately intensified the differences in style in order to clearly delineate each time period. At the same time, Ms. Instenes created physical similarities between all the members of the Wasserman family, illustrating that although Jed, Archie, and Willy are separated by over 150 years, their DNA connects them.
|Costume designs for Jedediah, Archie, Willy, Millie, Lilah, Tigg, and Thorlaken by Kim Instenes|