Carson Kreitzer

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Carson Kreitzer’s Self Defense opens the audience’s eyes to the cruel and harsh realities of society . I will be talking about Robin McGee’s, the costume designer, artistic choice of dressing Jolene Palmer, played by Staci Robbins, in a blood red jump suit. The choice was not just a choice by chance but one in which Robin McGee spent much time and effort in to open the minds of the audience and allow one to draw many conclusions based solely on her simple costume decision. Although minor to many, I believe this choice orchestrated an inevitable judgment about Jolene that was hard to reconsider throughout the play. Robin McGee’s choice to dress Staci Robbins, Jolene in the play, in a blood red jumpsuit was a pivotal artistic decision in the play. Dressing a woman who is being charged with seven counts of murder in red, tells the audience from the beginning that she is a murderer. The theme of the play is determining whether the actions of Jolene Palmer were out of spite and hatred to the men who had been supporting her or actually out of “self defense”. The blood red jumpsuit distracts the audience from the main focus of the play and enables one to give a fair judgment of her innocence because of the predetermined guiltiness shown to us by the red jumpsuit. I believe the choice contradicted the theme by enabling one to give a fair judgment of a woman who was innocent until proven guilty. The red jumpsuit seemed to contradict the color schemes
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2011 for the course BLAW 3201 taught by Professor Fry during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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