This Halloween, don’t get caught at the bar wearing the same Kate Gosselin wig or one-gloved Michael Jackson ensemble as everyone else. Get original—and the Shakespeare Theatre Company can help. This Sunday, the theater’s costume shop is opening its collection of surplus stock for public sale. The pieces, accumulating since the last sale three years ago, will take over the three levels of the lobby at Sidney Harman Hall from 1 to 6.
Because the theater has covered a lot of Shakespearean ground since 2006—remember Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and Macbeth?—the selection is diverse. Period details such as doublets, cloaks, and armor pull an elaborate character together—or check out some of the unexpected options, such as animal headdresses or 1960s mod fashions. And it’s not just clothes, either: There’ll be jewelry, masks, and props such as sculpted wedding rings and table settings from The Taming of the Shrew.
Come early if you’re looking for something in particular. Work by Tony Award-winning costume designers Martin Pakledinaz, Jane Greenwood, and Jess Goldstein—worn by such performers such Kelly McGillis, David Sabin, and Nancy Robinette—are among the selections. The prices vary widely, so think upscale yard sale: You can get some pieces for a dollar, while the most elaborate tops out around $200. If you’re a theater donor, there’s a 10-percent discount.