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Friday (2/24/12) 6:16pm - ... wherein Peter keeps sorting out his costume for _The Professor_.

Whew.  Okay, following up on Wednesday's post, it looks like the Professor publicity shoot is this coming Tuesday.  So, that gives me a few days to get things squared away.

I'm still leaning towards the look that I'm now summarizing as "Withnail & Doctor".  Currently, this equals the following:  tuxedo jacket, black slacks, black necktie (permanently very loose), black hat (fedora? bowler?), black "nerd glasses", *plus* a matching dress shirt (permanently untucked, top button undone ) and pocket square of some bright color.  I'm still undecided on shoes -- my gut instinct is to just use my beige Chucks, happily ripping off Five and Ten.  Hair should be a tousled mess.

Ideally, instead of the pocket square, I'd have some kind of bright , gaudy flower tucked into the jacket pocket -- that feels right-er to me somehow, and could serve as a faint nod to Five's celery.

Upsides I see to this plan:  to my mind, this definitely carves out a different look from the other people who've played the role, and I can feel a strong character coming off of it.  This is an outfit that makes me 'know' all sorts of stuff about the character right off the bat, and costumes don't often do that for me.  Plus it'd be comfortable.

Downsides:  mainly, it's way too Ten.  Also, black clothing tends to get eaten by the black background in a black-box theater -- I *think* the shirt-and-accessory will be bright enough to counterbalance that, but it's a bit dodgy.  And it's definitely not very professorial -- he's more like the guy at the party who will, at the slightest provocation, start yammering on about some abstruse startup he's just gotten going.  And the tux jacket, while it's unique, is not much of a 'hero jacket' that can sweep around my legs dramatically and make running look awesome.

Practical concerns:  so if I go with this ensemble, the two items I don't have are the hat and the glasses.  For the shoot, maybe I could borrow Lampe's black fedora.  Surely I could borrow glasses from somebody -- or if worse comes to worst, maybe somebody could nab a pair of theater 3D glasses for me.  Then after that I suppose it would be logical to buy the glasses from Zenni, and -- either borrow a hat (hey, it's just three performances) or buy one.

Also, honestly, the only properly bright dress shirt I have right know is my bright pink one -- which might work (it fits much better now than it does in that photo), but I might do well to shop for other options.

So:  I'd love to hear people's advice, even if it's just "bring us a different rock."

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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/24/12) 6:37pm
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hangingfire had asked about coats I've got.  Lessee...
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From:pegamoose_g
Date:Saturday (2/25/12) 6:44am

Practical Prof Dressing

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I think the 10th had the shoes right. If you are going to be running around the universe, you need comfortable footwear. The duster was a nice touch, especially since many of the places/times he visited were cold and/or damp. The rest of the clothes, it's difficult to say. The Doc always wears a professional looking outfit. People would take him less serious if he wore jeans and tshirts. So, some kind of suit is a given. Jeans work with a nice suit jacket. A jacket with elbow patches seems stereotypical of university professors. If you have a vest, you could wear it with a brighter colored, button-down shirt (untucked). I like the idea of a hat, too, and a fedora or bowler seem more professional, than a beret, ballcap, do-rag, etc.. Plus, a sturdy hat is something the Prof could hang his hat on (like the gun pointed at him), or be thrown (at that far away switch on the wall). If you have a hat, the tousled mess might actually be more like hat-head. I like the flower idea, or something. Most of the memorable Docs had some kind of gimmick to distinguish themselves from the others: extremely long scarf, question marks, celery stalk, 3D glasses (which, by the way, I have a pair of red-blue kind in you need to borrow them). It seems to me the Prof would also be one of those smart dudes who is too busy saving the universe than really worrying about how bad they look ("It's a bow tie. Bow ties are cool.")
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From:hujhax
Date:Sunday (3/4/12) 8:32pm

Re: Practical Prof Dressing

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Ha!  Thanks!  I'll have to post the publicity photos once they're out. :)
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From:innocentsmith
Date:Saturday (2/25/12) 7:52pm
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For the flower I vote a daisy, if you can find one big enough to be recognizable onstage, as a shoutout to Classic Who's much-beloved Daisiest Daisy speech.
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From:hujhax
Date:Sunday (2/26/12) 3:03am
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Lovely!  I'll see if I can square that away for the photoshoot! :)
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From:hujhax
Date:Sunday (3/4/12) 8:32pm
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Yup, used a daisy for the shoot.  It worked really well!
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