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Snapshot: About That Deerskin Jacket

Snapshot: About That Deerskin Jacket


Hi, my name is Mary Scott, and I’m a costume design assistant at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I’ve just been working on Vietgone, here in the Thomas theater and
we’re in the dressing room of the Thomas right now, and the show is book-ended by the
present but is mostly set in 1975 during the final days of the South Vietnamese
regime and the story of the refugees coming to America and finding a new home. And
a lot of the show has been vintage purchased. Some things have been built by
us to be period costumes and hopefully you can’t tell the difference between what’s an
vintage piece and what’s been built in the shop. A lot of really great women’s clothes were
built, but the men’s stuff, especially jackets and so on, were vintage
purchases, and in particular we were lucky to find something in our stock
which also has a little history with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. That’s the
wonderful jacket that is worn by Will Dao who plays Nanh, and he’s wearing a
jacket that was once owned by Bill Patton, our much beloved first executive director here at
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and I believe Bill’s wife Shirley Patton
donated it to the festival and this is it. It’s a wonderful deerskin jacket,
and the story behind it is that I believe Bill’s brother-in-law shot the deer and
Bill had the hide tanned and made into this wonderful fringe jacket. And this was a
situation where the designer, Sarah Clement, was looking for something
entirely different actually for this character and couldn’t find exactly what
she wanted and was looking one more time in the stock and came upon this jacket ,and
the jacket had a little note on it that had the history on it, and I believe this is the first
time the jacket has been worn in a show here, and I hope and I think that Bill
would be thrilled that it’s being used in this play.

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