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Two Actors From Staging Old Masters on Their Favorite Paintings

As part of their preparation for performances, every actor chose a favorite painting from the Old Masters exhibit at the Pulitzer. The actors’ reflections and thoughts on their paintings inspired scenes, sharpened their own observations, and stretched their perceptions of the work of the Old Masters. Two actors speak below.

Paolo Finoglia, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Harvard Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1962.163, Photo by Rick Stafford, President and Fellows of Harvard College

I just respect Joseph for fighting the urge, you know? For him being such a desirable man, and not succumbing to every woman who comes his way—that’s real hard for men. And I respect him on that.

Reuben S., on Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife


Giambattista Tiepolo, Italian, 1696-1770, The Crucifixion, 1745-50, oil on canvas, Saint Louis Art Museum

The people in the crowd… how did they sleep at night? After their conscience kicked in about what they’d just witnessed?

Naheem H., on The Crucifixion

Pictures From Opening Night

The actors enter performing a line dance taught to them by Kenyan theater troupe Haba na Haba.

Lamonte and Daryl (along with a surprised audience member) as the shepherdess and shepherd:

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Staging Old Masters in the News

Are you curious about the workday of an actor in Staging Old Masters? St. Louis Beacon staff writer Mary Delach Leonard sat in on rehearsal just a few days before opening night, writing a profile of (and videotaping an interview with) actor Don Hake. Read the article, and watch Don’s interview, here.

Also: on April 3, Steve Potter, host of KWMU’s CityScape, interviewed Staging Old Masters director Agnes Wilcox, producer (and Master of Community Engagement at the Pulitzer) Lisa Harper Chang, actor Ronald Gore, Jr., and Aaron Margolis of Employment Connection. They discuss the origins of the program, the value of theatrical study for the actors, and the importance of changing perceptions—of Old Masters, of former prisoners returning to work and their families, of the Pulitzer, and more. Listen to it here.