Santo Loquasto


Costume Designer, Production Designer

About

Birth Place
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
July 26, 1944

Biography

An outstanding costume and scenic designer who freely moves between stage and feature work, Santo Loquasto studied first at Kings College in his native Wilkes-Barre, PA, and then at Yale, where he earned an MFA. His first professional designs were for productions at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. Loquasto has designed costumes for ballets at the American Ballet Theatre, s...

Biography

An outstanding costume and scenic designer who freely moves between stage and feature work, Santo Loquasto studied first at Kings College in his native Wilkes-Barre, PA, and then at Yale, where he earned an MFA. His first professional designs were for productions at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. Loquasto has designed costumes for ballets at the American Ballet Theatre, served as resident designer at several major theaters (Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the Hartford Stage Company and the New York Shakespeare Festival). Among his more notable designs were Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning "That Championship Season" (1972), David Mamet's "American Buffalo" (1977), the New York Shakespeare Festival's acclaimed version of "The Cherry Orchard" (also 1977), the stage version of "Singin' in the Rain" (1985), Tommy Tune's musicalization of "Grand Hotel" (1989, costumes only), and Neil Simon's Pulitzer-winner "Lost in Yonkers" (1993). Loquasto has won three Tony Awards for his work.

Loquasto began working in features in 1979 with "Sammy Stops the World," an adaptation of the Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse musical "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off," starring Sammy Davis Jr. In 1980, he began a long collaboration with director Woody Allen by providing the costumes for "Stardust Memories." The designer earned Oscar nominations for his work on three subsequent Allen films: the costumes for "Zelig" (1983) and the opulently detailed period production design on "Radio Days" (1987) and "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). Loquasto has also designed Penny Marshall's "Big" (1988) and two features for Susan Seidelman, the contemporary "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) and the extravagant "She-Devil" (1989).

Filmography

 

Art Director (Feature Film)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Art Director

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Zelig (1983)
Costume Designer
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Costume Designer
Stardust Memories (1980)
Costume Designer
Simon (1980)
Costume Designer
Sammy Stops the World (1978)
Costume Designer

Art Department (Feature Film)

Sammy Stops the World (1978)
Set Designer

Production Designer (Feature Film)

Wonder Wheel (2017)
Production Designer
Café Society (2016)
Production Designer
Irrational Man (2015)
Production Designer
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Production Designer
Whatever Works (2009)
Production Designer
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Production Designer
Anything Else (2003)
Production Designer
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Production Designer
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Production Designer
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Production Designer
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Production Designer
Celebrity (1998)
Production Designer
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Production Designer
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Production Designer
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Production Designer
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Production Designer
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Production Designer
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Production Designer
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Production Designer
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Production Designer
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Production Designer
She-Devil (1989)
Production Designer
New York Stories (1989)
Production Designer
Another Woman (1988)
Production Designer
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Production Designer
Big (1988)
Production Designer
September (1987)
Production Designer
Radio Days (1987)
Production Designer
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Production Designer
Falling in Love (1984)
Production Designer
So Fine (1981)
Production Designer
The Fan (1981)
Production Designer

Cast (Special)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (1989)
Performer

Costume-Wardrobe (Special)

From Broadway: Fosse (2002)
Costume Designer
Creating "Ragtime" (1998)
Costume Designer
Variety & Virtuosity: American Ballet Theatre Now (1998)
Costume Designer
Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre (1984)
Costumes

Art Department (Special)

From Broadway: Fosse (2002)
Set Designer

Production Designer (Special)

The Wrecker's Ball: Three Dances by Paul Taylor (1996)
Production Designer
Paul Taylor's Speaking in Tongues (1991)
Production Designer

Misc. Crew (Special)

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards (1998)
Interviewee
A Renaissance Revisited (1996)
Other
Paul Taylor's Speaking in Tongues (1991)
Other

Life Events

1960

Fashioned his first sets (for "Picnic" and "Gigi") and also acted at Ross Common Playhouse in the Poconos (date approximate)

1965

First professional designs created for productions at Williamstown Theatre in Williamstown, Massachusetts

1967

Designed costumes for American Ballet Theatre

1968

Spent three seasons as principal designer with Hartford Stage Company

1970

Off-Broadway debut (April 1) with "The Unseen Hand" and "Forensic and the Navigator"

1971

Became principal designer for the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF)

1971

Resident designer with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

1972

First Broadway productions: "Sticks and Bones" (March 1) and "That Championship Season" (September 14), both plays had originated at NYSF before transferring to Broadway

1972

Designed set for "La Dafne" for the New York Pro Musica at Spoleto Festival

1978

First film as set and costume designer, "Sammy Stops the World", and adaptation of stage musical "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off" starring Sammy Davis Jr

1980

First collaboration with Woody Allen, designed costumes for "Stardust Memories"

1983

Earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design for Allen's "Zelig"

1984

Created costumes for two ballets presented on "Baryshnikov by Tharp with the American Ballet" (PBS)

1985

First collaboration with director Susan Seidelman, was production designer on "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1986

First Allen film as production designer, "Radio Days"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction

1989

Served as production designer on Seidelman's "She-Devil"

1993

TV series debut as production designer "Tribeca" (Fox)

1994

Garnered second Best Art Direction Academy Award nomination for Allen's period comedy "Bullets Over Broadway"

1995

Again collaborated with Allen as production designer for the award winning "Mighty Aphrodite"

1998

Costume Design for the award winning musical "Ragtime"

1999

Scenic and Costume Design for the musical "Fosse"

1999

Served as Production Designer for Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown"

2002

Provided the Scenic Design for "Movin' Out," a Musical composed with the songs of Billy Joel

2005

Designed the set for David Mamet's play "Glengarry Glen Ross"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Play

Videos

Movie Clip

Alice (1990) - They Mate For Life Dr. Wang (Keye Luke) has hypnotized the heroine (Mia Farrow) then conjures her husband (William Hurt), with whom she re-lives an event from many years before, in Woody Allen's Alice, 1990.
Radio Days - You Were A Witness! Splendid turns by Danny Aiello (as Rocco the hit man) and Gina DeAngelis (his mom), supporting Mia Farrow (as "Sally"), who turns out to be from the old neighborhood, director Woody Allen narrating, in Radio Days, 1987.
Radio Days - Scrap Iron Pearl Harbor changes the world for Joey (Seth Green, director Woody Allen narrating) and his pals, listening to radio hero Biff Baxter (Jeff Daniels) and experimenting with binoculars, in Radio Days, 1987.
Radio Days - Ruined Already! Young Joey (Seth Green) is introducing his family in the voice of director Woody Allen, including Aunt Bea (Dianne Wiest), mom Tess (Julie Kavner) and dad (Michael Tucker) in Radio Days, 1987.
Radio Days - Masked Avenger Woody Allen is the narrator and Seth Green is his younger self, recalling his quest for "Masked Avenger" paraphernalia, and his Rabbi (Kenneth Mars), mother (Julie Kavner) and father (Michael Tucker) in Radio Days, 1987.
Radio Days - Great Intuition Woody Allen's narration introduces a vignette at a fancy night club featuring radio stars Roger (David Warrilow) and Irene (Julie Kurnitz) and cigarette girl Sally (Mia Farrow) from Radio Days, 1987.
Radio Days - High Holidays Larry David briefly appears as "the neighbor" in this vignette featuring Josh Mostel ("Abe"), Renee Lippin ("Ceil"), Julie Kavner (Mom) and Michael Tucker (Dad) from Woody Allen's Radio Days, 1987.
Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, A - Spirit Ball Early scene introducing inventor Andrew (writer and director Woody Allen) and wife Adrian (Mary Steenburgen), awaiting guests at their country home in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, 1982.
Shadows and Fog - Death to the Artist Circus performers and lovers "Clown" (John Malkovich) and sword-swallower Irmy (Mia Farrow) in their first scene in writer, director and co-star Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog, 1992.
Shadows and Fog - Opening, Kleinman After the credits, a murder is committed and accountant Kleinman (writer, director and star Woody Allen) is awakened by vigilantes (led by David Ogden Stiers) in Shadows and Fog, 1992.
Shadows and Fog - Nature of Evil Kleinman (writer, director and star Woody Allen) drops in on "The Doctor" (Donald Pleasence) seeking a drink and information about "the plan" in Shadows and Fog, 1992.
Shadows and Fog - Love and Lust "Clown" (John Malkovich) wanders into a bar seeking his girlfriend whom, he soon learns, has already met student Jack (John Cusack) in writer, director and co-star Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog, 1992.

Trailer

Family

Ruth
Mother
Cocktail lounge owner. Divorced Loquasto's father in 1959.

Bibliography