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 Posted: Fri Feb 24th, 2012 04:11 pm
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Doug B

Joined: Thu May 20th, 2010
Location: Eastsound, Washington USA
Posts: 94
I'm sure you know that conventional wisdom says to introduce a new character and turn them lose and see what happens.

Here is one that has ALWAYS worked for me: I put a character into counseling. The scene starts with the character entering the therapists office and off we go. I'm always surprised where it takes me. I have never used the scene but it often deepens the story and gives me somewhere to go.  I can post an example if you are interested.

I have to share something that happened last night at a brush up rehearsal for a play I directed that is currently running. At these brush up rehearsals, I give the cast wide latitude on what they do as long as they keep to the words. There is always something that comes out of these rehearsals that we keep for the run. 

It is the story of two sisters and working through their long term estrangement. At the end of Act I, one sister tells the other that she has breast cancer. It is a serious scene about a serious subject.

Last night one of the sisters brought in a make believe joint and the two of them pretended to get stoned as they said their lines. (As a point of interest, the actress who brought in the "joint" told the other actress she had a surprise and asked if she wanted to know what it was.  The other actress said: No, surprise me.)  They cried at the right time and giggled like school girls at the right time. While the joint was too far out of character for the play, the dynamic range of the scene wasn't and we are keeping much of it for the last two weekends of the run.

The rest of the cast and I laughed our heads off but we also knew we were seeing a special moment of theater.


Last edited on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 04:17 pm by Doug B