This reminds me of a production I saw of Pippin. I love the idea that the players and the Leading Player all have painted masks. The black fading into red also would give the players a mystery about them and a sense of danger/evil.
How to do easy Dracula or Vampire makeup easy to follow makeup tutorial for Halloween for kids, children. Makeup you will need: White face paint, black face paint, black eyeliner, red lipstick, black eye shadow, makeup sponge, makeup brushes.