I have some exciting news! I’ve been hired to create costumes for a theater production of an Agatha Christie play. Isn’t that a tickle? I never thought I’d ever do anything like that. I mean, I’m retired now of course but I was a seamstress for many years and for a long time I had my very own dress shop in North Beach in San Francisco.
As the years went by, I really thought I needed to work less. I loved what I did but I wanted to relax and enjoy life more and even travel. And of course, spend as much time as possible with my granddaughter Julia. She works very hard too, managing her own business as an astrologer, and she’s number one on my list. I drop everything when she calls and can spend a little time with me.
But this job came out of the blue and I’m still not quite sure how it came about.
I’ve been having lots of fun creating all the costumes for this production of Appointment with Death. And I just love that period – the 1930’s, so I’ve been spending a lot of time shopping for jewelry and cloche hats and whatnot for the actresses. My budget is very generous so I don’t even have to worry about how much I spend.
Are you familiar with that play? If so, that’s very good. But this version of Appointment with Death is a little different. It actually follows the book that Dame Agatha wrote. You see, Hercule Poirot solves the crime in the book, but he was written out of the original stage version. I have no idea why but our director is doing a marvellous job of playing the iconic Belgian sleuth.
Of course, the title tells you a lot – Appointment with Death. That’s the story where the murder happens right in front of the characters, and no one realizes the victim is actually dead. It’s very exciting. I only hope there are no murders at our little theater!