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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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Kathryn Goodman & Ray Kent

Maskmaking 101

This article details a method for designing and building sturdy and attractive masks using ATL75, a plastic-impregnated felt. These lightweight, water-resistant, tough masks are custom fit to the actor’s face providing maximum comfort, visibility, and breathability, as proven by Southern Illinois University’s production of The Good Woman of Setzuan. The set was fraught with actor traps including heights of over twenty feet and numerous obstacles navigated by masked actors frantically running around the stage. The several steps involved in building such successful masks takes careful preparation and requires approximately 40 hours of work. A list of the tools and materials used appears at the end of ...

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