Episode 381. Acting With Masks

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Reed, Austin, Commedia in COMEDYRob Richards is the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he recently directed Austin Tichenor’s adaptation of Frankenstein. He’s also an actor, mask maker, and puppeteer, and this week the two old friends talk about the appeal of masks in both theatrical production and rehearsals. Featuring questions of status, delightful juicy risk, obligatory and legally-mandated Billy Joel quotes, memories of kissing Calista, unfortunate productions of Much Ado About Nothing, confused sailing metaphors, and the dangers of being a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body. (Length 17:18)