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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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A Milliner’s Approach to Maskmaking: Part I

Jon Cardone

No matter how endearing or frightful, realistic, or fantastic, good theatrical masks share a single basic aim: the actor’s comfort. A mask that’s too heavy is exhausting to wear. One that fits awkwardly demands far too much of its wearer’s attention. A good theatrical mask, on the other hand, is somewhat like theatrical makeup in that it weighs next to nothing and it moves exactly as its wearer does.

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FIGURE 1: RUSTIC

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FIGURE 2: DEMON

Borrowing materials and techniques from millinery, maskmaker ...

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