Kim Simons Condon (1955-2005)
Condon could create outfits that breathed a time and place out of history, like the cavalry uniforms and American Indian garments that conjured the 19th-century American frontier for the River Stage production of Ghost Dance.
Condon’s costumes also could reflect her famous spontaneity and impish humor, like the suggestive top designed for Stephanie Gularte in the River Stage production of How I Learned to Drive. Gularte played a teenage girl who develops a woman’s figure. When she realized that men were attracted to her breasts, the costume became electrified with bright, blinking concentric circles that lit up like targets on her chest. Audiences gasped, giggled and guffawed—and still recalled the costume, years later.
Condon was unique, as an artist and a person. Theater in this town won’t be the same without her.