In a two-man play that encompasses 21 characters, there’s not much time for switching between personalities. Especially because one of the actors, Greg Watanabe, covers 20 characters.
Where the region’s big theaters might have entire staffs of seamstresses bustling and a costume collection full of period pieces, Galioto’s work for this play, “How I Got That Story” at Mo’olelo, is done in her living room and dining room. She has a $500 budget to dress Watanabe in a nun’s habit and an orange monk costume, as well as a number of ranks’ worth of military clothes.
And because of those character changes, costume designer Jeannie Galioto has to make several of the pieces “quick-rig” so that Watanabe can quickly and easily take them off and on “in literally 2 seconds,” she said.
That includes the gown he wears to portray the prostitute that the naïve reporter gets to know. Working in her living room last month, Galioto marked the opening with a piece of Velcro.
She attached padding to give the costume a womanly shape.