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Two theater legends team up for ASU production

"Well," Wilson cuts in, "they were also older and more . . ."
"Accomplished," Mason finishes. "But I've worked with some real talent here. My only complaint is that they get good, then they graduate, and they're gone, off to L.A. or New York to seek fame. And I have to start all over again with a new batch."

Several of the latest "batch" were selected long-distance for roles in Los Alamos. Mason sent students' head shots via e-mail to Wilson in New York, where he also watched videotaped auditions mailed to him by Mason. "The whole play was done by computer," cracks Wilson.

Neither is shy about embracing technology, and they'll even admit to owning a piece of theater history. But call them "legends" to their face, and both Mason and Wilson burst out laughing.

"I never think about that," they say in unison.
"We couldn't possibly," Wilson says.
"If we did," Mason says, "we'd never get any work done. We'd just sit around being legendary."

The staged reading of Los Alamos will be presented through Sunday, May 2, at Arizona State University's Lyceum Theatre in Tempe.

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