Truman Capote would have smiled.
In the avant-garde tradition of Capote's 1960s New York social A-ticket known as the "Black and White Ball," Orange County trendsetters borrowed on the theme to ring in South Coast Repertory's 2011-12 season.
The SCR event, which unfolded on Saturday evening in the ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, took the Capote memory one step further. As the crowd of some 300 patrons arrived, donating a minimum of $2,500 per couple to the theatrical organization, black-and-white masks were presented. Some were encrusted with glittering stones, others adorned with plumes of ostrich.
The ladies held their disguises on sticks while the gents affixed them to their heads. For centuries, ball designers have been concerned over the ladies' hair.
As the crowd arrived, guests were asked to descend a grand exterior stairway into the Monarch Bay Courtyard, where they were greeted by a reception line of dignitaries.