When a performing actor leaves behind his lines, staging, sets, and lighting, and steps beyond the 'fourth wall', the unexpected happens. For the past four years, Amy Arbus has been creating a series of riveting portraits of celebrated actors both on and off Broadway including Liev Schreiber in Talk Radio
, Ed Harris in Wrecks
, Alan Cumming in Cabaret
, Cherry Jones in Doubt
, Christine Ebersole in Grey Gardens
, and Ethan Hawke and Martha Plimpton in The Coast of Utopia
. Because the photographs in her book, The Fourth Wall
, were staged in anonymous public places they explore the question of identity by capturing both the actor and the fictional character with a surprising mixture of spectacle and art, formality and spontaneity, and performance and reality.