Costumes from New York Theaters Find New Life in Other Plays
In a huge, underground space in New York City, below the largest sound stage east of Hollywood, 80,000 costumes wait for actors to claim them.
This is the TDF Costume Collection, run by the not-for-profit Theater Development Fund. The clothing, jewelry, hair pieces and other wearables come from Broadway, Off Broadway, opera, film, and regional productions.
People can pay to use the costumes. But not all people, says collection director Steven Cabral.
"We're not renting for Halloween, and we're not renting for parties with food or liquids where something could happen to the costume. But if you're doing something that seems of an artistic nature in some way, we're going to be able to rent to you."
Cabral notes that the collection has a little of everything - from medieval warrior wear created in the 1920s to modern ball gowns, and some stranger things.
"That is...yeah, that is an elephant head."
Cabral says TDF got into the costume business in the mid-1960s, when the Metropolitan Opera was about to move into a new home in Lincoln Center.
The opera house, also known as the Met, had costumes for 22 full operas that officials were not planning on keeping. But they did not want to throw them away either.
So, Cabral says, TDF took on all these old production elements and began to rent them for a very low cost.
High school, college and community theater groups, movie production companies and TV shows have all used costumes in the collection. Opera companies can find almost anything they need at TDF.
Cabral says he got a call after one gown from a Met production of Lucia di Lammermoor arrived for an opera in the Midwest. It was the opera company director on the phone.
"'You had one of my singers in tears last night.' The person being fitted for this costume was a young opera singer, and when she saw the costume, and saw that it had the Metropolitan Opera label, and it said Lucia, and it said wedding scene, and it said Beverly Sills.
"The young woman broke down because she couldn't believe that she was so fortunate to not only wear Metropolitan Opera, but to wear something owned by Beverly Sills."
Costumes from the Met are built to last, so when they arrive, they go into a small room of "special stock." After these costumes have seen their share of use, they move to another room. And once they start looking pretty worn, they move again. Some even go on sale. Cabral says those twice-yearly sales have a set price for everything a shopper can fit into one bag.
"And the rule is, we just don't ever want to see the costume again."
There is always a new crop of donations waiting for space at TDF.
I'm Caty Weaver.
1.underground space 地下室
Sunlight enters the underground space through two skylights.
2.set price 固定价格
Investors can apply for a package of shares at a set price.
3.a crop of 许多；一批
The breeding herds annually produce and sell a crop of calves.
4.broke down 崩溃；出故障
The bus broke down on the way.
5.And once they start looking pretty worn, they move again. Some even go on sale.
go on sale 销售
All tickets go on sale this Friday.
Germans are making sausages shaped like football boots to go on sale in time for the World Cup.
6.But they did not want to throw them away either.
throw away 扔掉；丢弃
I never throw anything away.
I'm not advising you to throw away your makeup or forget about your appearance.
这里是剧院开发基金会（TDF）经营的剧院服饰募集基地 。这些衣服、首饰、头饰以及其他穿戴物品皆由百老汇和非百老汇的歌剧、电影和地方制作 。
人们可以租用这些戏服 。但是并非面向所有人，募集基地负责人史蒂芬·卡布拉尔说道 。
“我们不租给万圣节变装者，也不租给有食品和饮料等可能对服饰造成伤害的聚会 。但如果是用来服务某种艺术性质的事业，我们会出租 。”
大都会歌剧院拥有22部歌剧的戏服，工作人员不想继续保留 。但他们也不想丢弃 。
高中、大学、社区剧院、电影制作公司和电视节目都租赁过这些戏服 。在这里，剧院总能找到需要的所有物品 。
卡布拉尔指出，《拉美莫尔的露西娅》歌剧中的一件礼服送到中西部某剧院后，他接到了一通电话 。电话是那边的剧院负责人打来的 。
“‘昨晚，我的一位歌手因为礼服泣不成声 。’穿上礼服的是一位年轻的歌剧歌手，她看见这件衣服上有大都会剧院的标志，她想起了露西娅，想起了那场婚礼的场景以及著名女高音歌唱家贝弗利·希尔斯 。”
大都会剧院制作的服饰可长期使用，所以大都会剧院的服饰运抵后都会存入“专属储物间” 。而这些戏服完成使命后会被转存至另一个房间 。如果戏服外表破旧不堪会被转移他处 。有些甚至会被拍卖 。卡布拉尔指出，一年两次的销售让买家有一个固定的价格来购买 。