Magazine article American Theatre

Twenty Questions

Magazine article American Theatre

Twenty Questions

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Costume designer PAUL TAZEWELL is currently collaborating with his brother, director and professor of drama Jon Tazewell, on a production of Peter Brook's Conference of the Birds at Ohio's kenyon College. His designs will brighten Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage April 5-May 12 in an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's Polk County.

What's your sign?

Virgo. I think Lauren Bacall might be a Virgo--I don't really know of any others.

Virgos are supposed to be methodical and detail-oriented. Does that sound like you?

Most definitely. That's one of the reasons I'm drawn to costume design--because of all the stuff you get to arrange. Virgos are also supposed to be organized, but I would describe myself more as neat. I would not say I'm organized. Maybe I'm a cusp baby.

Where do you call home?

Jersey City is my personal home, but I also claim North Carolina, which is my mother's home.

What was your first theatrical memory?

My brother playing Fagin in Oliver Twist with his afro sprayed silver from an aerosol can. I thought that was what I wanted to be a part of--I was very envious. I must have been 8 or 9.

What was your favorite game to play as a kid?

Dress-up. We used to play Church, because my older brothers were altar boys. We did the whole ritual of Church complete with the incense and carrying the candles.

Favorite color?

When I was a kid it was yellow. Now it is eggplant or aubergine.

Favorite movie?

A Room with a View. Or Die Abenteuer des Baron von Munchhausen--The Adventures of Baron Munchausen--directed by Terry Gilliam.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Girl with a Pearl Earring and--what else? Scripts.

What's your favorite foreign country to visit?

I would have to say France--the art, the romance...and for me the country has a personal connection with my mother. …

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