A SOLDIER IN EVERY SON - THE RISE OF THE AZTECS
by Luis Mario Moncada
a ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
& COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL de TEATRO de MÉXICO co-production
premiere : 29 June 2012, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
directed by Roxana Silbert
costume design Eloise Kazan
set design Jorge Ballina
lighting design Chahine Yavroyan
music Dave Price
costume supervisor Janet Bench
cast : Alex Waldman, Brian Ferguson, Mark Holgate, Susie Trayling, Natalie Klamar, Mariana Giménez, Diego Jáuregui, Joshua Jenkins, John Stahl, David Fielder, Mark Jax, Marco Antonio Garcia, Andres Weiss, Neil Barry, Hector Holten, Simon Coombs among others...
A Soldier in Every Son is a play inspired by Shakespeare’s Histories that portrays three turbulent decades which led to the rise of the Aztec empire. Written by Luis Mario Moncada and directed by Roxana Silbert , it offers a critical look at Mexican history and contemporary politics.
For the costume designs I was mainly inspired by Aztec codices but I also mixed in elements of Elizabethan period costumes, images from various periods of Mexican history, traditional Mexican day of the dead altars and street gang styles which I reinterpreted using native pre-Hispanic materials.The costumes were color coded to help identify different tribes.
Commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival.
photos: Ellie Kurtz, Ariel Ojeda, Alfredo Millan.