Biàn Liǎn: The Art of Face Changing

Sometimes, no matter how cynical and well-traveled we think we are, we find ourselves swept up in the thrill of tourist culture. One such case for me was at the SiChuan Opera in Chengdu, China where I was able to view Biàn Liǎn, the art of face changing. My explanation can't do it justice, so here is a small sample from the same location I first encountered it.Bian Lian...more

Behind the Mask: Blogging October

Monday, October 1, 2012 When you saw the word mask, was your first interpretation protection, covering up, persona, or performance?A poorly kept secret is that once upon a time I was a theatre kid. I did my first community theater production at age 11, was a member of a youth performance troupe for seven years, and actually got a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tish School of the Arts. Taking this information into account, my thoughts when I hear the word Mask go in a specific sequence....more