Archive for October, 2003
by Kerri KanelosFriday, October 31st, 2003
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Club Therapy at Gallery Insane came to life on Sunday night as Rhode Island fashion designer Marisol Martinez debuted her first solo show, ‘Ocean Jewels.’ Although she first began designing clothing at the age of ten, Martinez’s creativity was truly recognized during her time at Hope High School in Providence. After a teacher discovered her talents and encouraged her to flourish, Martinez founded a design program at her school. Through two fashion shows, scholarships and support from friends and family, Martinez raised enough money to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design in New York City. While in New York, she learned the ins and outs of the production side of fashion design, “the whole process from sketch to pattern and how to design for a person realistically.”
After her studies in New York City, Martinez returned to the Ocean State and opened a shop called Milana Boutique for a short time on Wickenden Street in Providence. Retail sales were relatively slow, but the shop provided the opportunity to network with potential special order customers. “Retail was never number one,” she said, “but I got a huge amount of custom order clientele from the shop.” Currently, Martinez makes a living through her custom orders only. Most of her individualized pieces are for women’s gowns for special occasions such as weddings.
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Although one of the most prominent American playwrights of all time, Eugene O’Neill had one major regret during the final years of his life. Eugene dismissed his alcoholic brother James and let him rot away in a New Jersey sanitarium without ever paying him a visit. Since most pieces of art are dedicated or inspired by certain individuals in an artist’s life, O’Neill sat down in his regret and sorrow to pen A Moon for the Misbegotten in homage to his ill brother. Now playing at Trinity Repertory Company, O’Neill’s Moon is in part the sad biographical journey of James and how this famous playwright hopes his brother found eternal peace.
A Moon for the Misbegotten opens in 1923 with Phil (William Damkoehler) and Josie Hogan, a quick witted yet rather rough-around-the-edges father and daughter duo. Once a large Irish Catholic family, the Hogans have slowly dispersed throughout Connecticut because of Phil’s alcoholic tirades. He curses the wealthy, the religious, the successful and most of all, God, for taking his wife while giving birth to their son Michael.
Josie, played by Trinity regular Janice Duclos, is a marvel of a woman-an incredible combination of natural, maternal and sexual attributes. Her larger than life personality provides some rather comical moments throughout the performance. She appears to run through life with wild abandon, running her mouth and sleeping with every man in town. She scoffs at anyone who mentions the idea of marriage. However, these instances only shadow her innermost insecurities and weaknesses in the end.
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