Tuesday May 11, 2010: What We Won’t Do For Art

Actually, it’s not Art I did it for.  I don’t even know anybody named Art.  I did it for Val.  She’s the director of Twelve Angry Men at State College Community Theatre’s Boal Barn Playhouse.  I’m one of the angry men.

The play is set in the ’50s, and Val decided, therefore, the facial hair must go.  All of it.  Even the mustache.

Now, I’ve shaved the beard before, as recently as last fall.  But the mustache is older than several of my fellow cast members.  It’s been there, perched on the upper lip,  since the late ’70s. Now it’s gone.  And it’s quite a shock when I look in the mirror.

I’m not alone in this: my buddy Jeff Brown had to do the same thing, and he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the razor as well.  We both knew, going in, that this would be the deal.  But it seems less traumatic when it’s still a few weeks off.

So there’s an enticement: come see the show at the Boal Barn Playhouse, and see Jeff Brown and Steve Biddle with no beards.  Okay, so maybe that won’t be such a big draw.  But it’s going to be a very good show… so get your tickets today!  Don’t let our sacrifice be in vain.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pete on May 11, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Glad you didn’t cut yourself when shaving off the mustache and beard or your sacrifice might have been in vein…


  2. Didn’t you know Art Mandler? He lives near Asheville, NC… over by me…


  3. Posted by David P on May 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    What, no picture?


  4. Posted by Brian A on May 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    I hold hope that the beard was not fundamental in engineering your clever prose. Btw, it looks good in person. Or was that Steve’s younger brother???


  5. Posted by Cousin David P on May 11, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Now THAT’S the cousin Steve that never made it to Starr Park! Forgot what you looked like!


  6. Posted by Ann Taylor on May 18, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    We’ll be there. Just save the hair and glue it back later, with a little spirit gum!


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