This summer I designed and created a couple of functional masks and a prop for HEADS, a play written by Evan Twohy and performed at New York International Fringe Festival. It was awesome! Check it out! headsplay.com
A very nice excerpt from a review by New York Theater: "It should be said that the head masks (designed by Michaela Olsen) steal the show; they are simply hysterical." Woohoo!
A little about the play:
HEADS is a comedy intwo acts. In “Freshfaced,” will Colin ever use his own face again?? In “Bubble & Squeak,” is Dolores smuggling cabbage in her pants?? She couldn’t be, or could she?!?! Part satire, part farce, and part romance, HEADS is a timely, absurd look at love in desperate, modern times.
The HEADS cast features all UprightCitizens Brigade famed house team members.Director Will Storie has coached comedy troupes throughout New York and his credits include The Colbert Report, UCB, College Humor, and LandlineTV. Will has put together an incredible cast: Ben Rameaka (BADMAN), Lauren Adams (Onassis), Morgan Jarrett (American Cousin), and John Murray (30 Rock, Death by Roo Roo.)
I made these masks from foam rubber, liquid latex and acrylic paint. And lots of pantyhose... no joke. It's a process that involves chunks of foam flying around my apartment, toxic latex fumes and multiple glue gun burns, but I really loved working this way nonetheless.
I also helped promote the film and music blog 100 Down. Since SXSW is about 90% party, I designed these flasks to hand out as schwaaaaag.