Martin Pakledinaz, Helen Hayes Award winner for his design of The Piggy Bank at Arena Stage, will make his Shakespeare Theatre debut designing All's Well That Ends Well. Pakledinaz has designed several Broadway productions including You Can Never Tell with Uta Hagen and Amanda Plummer. His regional theatre credits include Guthrie Theatre's The House of Bernada Alba and The Piggy Bank, Goodman Theatre's Ghost on Fire, Arena Stage's The Taming of the Shrew and Kennedy Center Theatre Lab's A Good Life. Pakledinaz has also designed the operas Orfee e Eurydice at Seattle Opera, and The Turn of the Screw and The Juniper Tree at Opera Omaha.
Pakledinaz will use a blend of fabrics to show the change of locations and seasons. In Rossillion, a French provincial capital, the use of country velvets, cottons and wools will note practicality. At the courts of Paris, metallic laces and velvets with intricate beading will highlight the opulence of nobility, and in Italy, Indian cotton gauzes will be indicative of the heat.
Knowing what the set would look like, the play's setting being "restricted such that it could be all places and yet any one place," Pakledinaz limited the color palette to creams, black, grays, browns and golds. Yet he has used these colors in such a way that the costumes are able to speak for the locations in which they are worn, with black predominate in the first scenes during which there is much mourning, grays and creams in the courts, and the warmth of golds and browns in Italy.
In reference to working with Michael Kahn, Pakledinaz says, "He has a wonderful scope and understanding of the human dimension." Pakledinaz finds that he is "not simply dressing people in pretty clothes," he is dressing them for life.