Tuesday, January 29, 2013
www.backstage.com: For some actors, practicing a stage kiss for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. For Dave Droxler, star of The Stolen Chair Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “The Man Who Laughs,” the task was downright impossible. That’s because Droxler plays Gwynplaine, a man whose mouth was violently transfigured into a permanent grin. In order to embody the character’s disfiguration, Droxler wears a special prosthetic: a headgear that wraps around the back of his head, with hooks on either end that pull back the corners of his mouth into a smile.