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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, September 26, 1971

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, September 26, 1971

Actor Russ Thacker: 'No identity crises

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Russ Thacker will
be starring in the premiere perform-
ance of Truman Capote's play ""The
Grass Harp," scheduled for the Oc-
tober 5 grand opening of The Power
Center for the Performing Arts. Tic-
kets for the performances are s ill
available at the Mendelssohn Thea-
ter box office.
{y ANITA CRONE
Arts Editor
Actors seem to be extremely
stuffy people. After all, they
spend their whole lives playing
upon a stage, trying to be some-
one they're not, and at times
someone they could never be.
It could be a rather startling
experience to walk to class and
come face to face with Hamlet
or a Macbeth-like character.
Nonetheless, actors and the ar-
tistic people are people first of
all.
They live in houses that are
real - that are not constructed
of thin wood which collapses
when the theatre is not being
used. They do not have trau-
matic experiences like the char-
acters they portray on the stage
or screen. They have definite
likes and dislikes, and fantasies
that have nothing to do with
the theatre.
And some of them do not
want to become Hamlet when
they achieve the peak of
achievement in their profes-
sion.
Acting Is a Job, Just like any-
thing else. And the people who
appear on the stage are laborers.
They work, and work hard-
often to the exclusion of other
things. But when they reach
success, they win acclaim the
world over. r
Here at the University, the
Professional Theatre Company
has brought something unusual
and at the same time important
to the world of theatre. With
the opening of the Power Cen-
ter and the production of Tru-
man Capote's "The Grass Harp"
they will have produced 20 plays
that have gone on to Broadway.
"School for Wives," one of last
year's productions won actor
Brian Bedford a Tony award.
"The Grass Harp" will star
Celeste Holm, Barbara Cook,
Muriel Smith and Ruth Ford.
Included in the cast will be
one of the most interesting peo-
ple to come to Ann Arbor in a
long time.

his own enjoyment, he does
have one of his paintings hang-
ing in his apartment.
Thacker refused to classify
himself either as an actor or a
person. Instead, he felt that he
was still learning about himself,
both as an actor and a person,
and couldn't make any gener-
alizations about himself as eith-
er. "That's why I don't have
any identity crises on stage. I
don't have to worry about whe-
ther I'm me or the character
Im playing," Thacker explain-
Thacker has worked with
both stage and movies. Al-
though "each has its strong
points,. I refer the stage.
You're working with live peo-
ple, and it's a totally involving
thing with all parts' of the
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body." With a camera, you're
working With an inanimate ob-
ject . . . something that zeros
in on one part of your body. I
don't like cameras" he explain-
ed as the photographer snapped
his picture.
Before working on a picture,
Thacker has gone to the Carri-
bean for.a week to relax. He
finds movies a relaxing exper-
ience as opposed to the quick-
paced life of the stage. Thack-
er explained that you must be
physically stronger to work on
the stage.
Thacker is excited about the
presentation of "The Grass
Harp." The people "are so alive
and really into doing the play.
They are some of the gut people
and real artists."
"The Grass Harp" opens
Tuesday, Oct. 5 with the pre-
miere of the new Power Center
for the Performing arts.

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Russ Thacker

Russ Thacker calls home a
brownstone apartment in New
York's Greenwich Village. It is
there that he returns after
making movies, acting on the
New York stage, and even doing
commercials for MacDonald's
hamburgers. Thacker won an
off-Broadway theatre award for
"Your Own Thing".
Unlike many New Yorkers,
Thacker likes living in New
York. His transportation in the
city is done by subway, where,
depending on his mood, he eith-
er retreats or trys to imagine
what the other people on the
subway are doing.
When Thacker came to the in-
terview, he seemed to belong
more to the University com-
munity than the acting world.
At first he seemed to be one
of the people constantly run-
ning around the Frieze building
who will one day, if they get

the break. be appearing on
stage in the next years.
Thacker's break came when,
instead of going back to school
in the south, where he was
working for a theatre degree, he
went to New York. From then
on, although not an easy life-
Thacker got the break. He has
made three feature films sched-
uled for release this year, as
well as appearing on many TV
shows,
But the personable actor is
not always happy in the big
city. Even though he loves it
and calls it home, he fantasizes
about living in the south of
France - in the country and
certainly not the city.
But transportation for him
will be difficult. He does not
have a car a motorcycle or even
a bicycle. But he would have a
chance to indulge in painting.
Although he paints mainly for,

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