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“Cultural / Mental Cloning” and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Costumes

The idea of cultural / mental cloning from Jean Baudrillard is going to figure heavily into this play and the area most effected by the idea will be costumes – I believe. I’ve often said that Hermia and Helena begin as clones of each other and end as clones of Hippolyta. Something similar can be said for Demetrius and Lysander. They become clones of Theseus. The costumes can make this happen and then we barely have to do anything else about it. However, I don’t want to hit the audience over the head by constantly saying with the costumes, “these are clones!” In fact, I never want them to even know it consciously, so we won’t dress them as twins. My favorite site for expression of cultural cloning is the world of fashion, particularly in the magazines and catalogues. We all so happily make and remake ourselves in the image conceived by a handful of designers. See the photos below.

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