18 Montrose Voice/ Dec. 16,1983
Montrose's Robin Mosely Is Working Her Way Up to Cloud 9
By Billie Duncan
Now, let's see, the actor who plays the
stuffy father in the first act plays hiB own
effeminate son in the second act whose
lover is played by the same man who
played his mother in the first act.
Confused? That's only the beginning.
How about this one. The white man who
plays a black servant in the first act plays
a five-year-old girl in the second act. Not
only that, but the second act takes place
100 years later than the first and the characters have aged only 25 years.
The play is Cloud 9 which opens at the
Alley Theatre on December 29 on the
Arena Stage. It is expected to draw a large
That is not to say that the play is a gay
play, per se. It is a play about breaking free
of sexual stereotypes—whatever they are.
One of the players in the production is
an Alley favorite, Montrosean Robin Mos-
ley. "It sounds very confusing," she said,
"but it will take maybe three minutes into
each act to figure out what's going on."
Robin seems to have a handle on what's
going on in her own life, in any case.
Her father was in the Air Force, and she
Actress Robin Mosley
was bom in Wiesbaden, Germany, about
30 years ago. She went to 13 schools in 12
years and lived in at least six different
Travelling around helped her to learn
skills that she would later use as an
actress. "You have to learn how to perform. You have to learn social skills early
because you're going to constantly be
meeting new people. You have to be very
"I would entertain constantly as a child.
I think the motto was 'anything for a
Robin smiled. "I think I learned young
how to deliver a line. 'Cause I was such a
As far as seriously getting into acting,
Robin explained, "When my older sister
did it, I wanted to do it. I wanted to do
everything she could do. I remember when
she used to hang out at the Dairy Queen
and I wanted to go hang out at the Dairy
"But I was still more interested in getting on my bike and going exploring the
quarry than hanging out at the Dairy
Queen and eating french fries and talking
to boys. I was still at that stage where (it's)
'Let's go poke a stick in that hole and see if
a snake comes out.'"
Most of her life she lived in San Antonio,
but she came to Houston in 1972 to go to
University of Houston. She has yet to
graduate. "No papers. She's no pedigreed
girl, this," joked Robin about herself.
Even though most of her acting has
been at U of H or the Alley, she did a stint
at a dinner theatre in the northern part of
the Btate. "I was the belle of the Texas
Panhandle for about two weeks."
The theatre she played was out on a
highway in the middle of miles and miles
and miles of cotton fields, but her name
was on the marquee. So she took a picture
of the marquee. Then she panned around
and took a companion shot of the cotton
When she got back to Houston, she
appeared in the Houston Shakespeare
Festival as Lady Macbeth, dircted by Sidney Berger, to whom she gives great
thanks for casting her in so many incredible roles at U of H, including Olphelia and
"Having the opportunity to play those
roles at that age.... It was great."
From there whe went to the Alley's
Apprentice program. "The first year I did
the children's show and laundry."
In the children's show (Alice in Wonderland) she played the Mock Turtle and
Humpty-Dumpty. Her costume for
Humpty was more of a house than a costume. "Inside it looked just like an outhouse," she said. One day, one of the crew
put in a roll of toilet paper.
"As the Mock Turtle, I looked like a
giant green cheeseburger with ears and a
Her work as an apprentice so impressed
the Alley staff that they brought her back
to be a member of the company. She has
been working there ever since.
"Most people my age (in theatre) have
been out of work from the years 20 to 30,
and I got the chance to do one stage show
after another in a big theatre with big production values. I've worked with some
really fine people."
As for her future, she admitted, "I think
I would like to live in New York for a while
and see what I could do."
But right now, she is submerged in
doing Cloud 9. "This play is geared
towards making everybody look at the
way they perceive people's relationships.
It's very powerful writing in a very palatable, entertaining form."
The play is being recommended for
mature audiences only. "People might
find the language shocking. Some of it is
As far as any personal relationships in
Robin's own life, she would only say, "I
have a lot of friends."
Some of those friends are people who
have seen her over the years and know her
to be one of the very best actresses around.
Cloud 9 would be a play to see, in any
case, but with Robin Mosely in it, it is
certainly on my must-see list.
□ Duncan's Quick Notes
There are shows and there are shows. And
some shows show you things you've never
In any case, there were plenty of things
that moi had never seen before at the
leather fashion show that was part of the
first anniversary celebration at the Rip-
cord, 715 Fairview.
Boots Adams of Leatherworks,
which has an outlet in residence in the
Ripcord, came up with the idea for the
show and off they went
Boots insisted that the models wanted to
be known only by their first names. They
were Mike, Gilbert, Charles, Al,
David, Randy, John, and Duane.
It seems that there were more men than
that on stage, but someone we all know
lost her purse that night with all her notes
After all the food and drink offered by
the Ripcord, it's a wonder Yours Truly
could find her head the next day.
Oh, the food! There were three tables
laden with everything from cold cuts and
cheese to oysters on the half shell. There
were meatballs, shrimp, even rumaki. The
board of directors of the Ripcord worked
for two days on the feast and it showed.
Owner Vince Janis told me the week
before, "If you're going to have an anniversary, do it in style." And that is just
what they did.
But back to the show. The emcee was
Maude (Richard Smith), who went
leather and became known as Motorcycle Maude. As usual, he kept things going
and managed to sling dishes in every
The show itself featured some really
darling items in the bondage section,
including a full neck-to-heels multi-
strapped apparatus in this year's fashion
shades of black and silver.
In a lighter mood was the full body ace
David modeling in the Leatherworks
fashion show at the Ripcord
Randy prepares to go on stage at the
Leatherworks fashion show at the
bandage in the traditional flesh color.
Looking sleekly simple was the slick black
straight jacket, complimented with
For those who do not care to be overdressed, that section of the show also
included an outfit composed of a suspension harness and standard jock.
The next section was the beautifully
understated jeans and shirts entry.
Following that was a particularly intricate showing of restraints, tit clamps and
whips. All were color-coordinated in the
evening's favorite shades.
Randy and David then showed off some
outstanding chaps that were nicely
complimented by T-shirt and tank top.
The Finale of the Leatherworks fashion
show at the Ripcord
David sported plain arm bands, while
Randy charmed the crowd with his
Harness, jocks and briefs were next
(need I say more), followed by David and
Randy again in vests and boot straps.
Every detail of both outfits was carefully
orchestrated to go with their exquisite Rip-
All that was left of the fashion show was
the finale. All the models showed up on
stage in harnesses with lighted candles.
They formed a triangle. There was a
moment of silence.
Then they burst into "We Wish You a
Merry Christmas." It was a hit.
Then Tom Beck and Danny Villa
joined in song to the true and sincere
delight of the crowd and especially this
All in all, the show was a hoot and the
night was too. Now, if I can only find my
If not, I will take some other purse with
me when I go see the Montrose Symphonic Band's Third Annual Christmas Concert on December 17th at
Cullen Auditorium at the University
If you have never been to one of these
concerts, go. It is an evening of joyous fun
and really wonderful musical entertainment. Another fun Christmas show is
The Gift of the Magi at Chocolate
Bayou Theater Company. Diane
DeMille as Delia and Michael P.
Giles as Jim both display that rare
combination of good acting talent and
And, talking about talent, the finals of
the Exile's popular talent contest will be
this coming Tuesday, December 20. Hmm,
that's the same night as the VOICE'S
Christmas party and the Houston Off-
Broadway Holiday special at E/J's.
Some nights it's just really hard to decide
what to do.
One night that will be particularly
tough for decision-making will be New
Year's Eve. There will be so many showB
that night. Even Baja's will be bringing
back live entertainment with the appear-
ence of Louisa Amaral-Smith.
There are so many other specials that I
will just have to cover them all next week.
Diane DeMille (Delia) and Michael P. Gilles (Jim) in Chocolate Bayou Theater
Co.'s Christmas production. The Gift of the Magi