The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1692  Thursday, 28 August 2003

From:           Lott W. Brantley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003 08:50:10 EDT
Subject: 14.1688 Thirteenth Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1688 Thirteenth Night

Actually, I agree with the post about acting being jazz-like. I have
worked with actors who are set like concrete each night in the
interpretations of their roles and I can tell you,  consistency is the
death of an actor.  (Acting 101)  In my opinion, rigidity suppresses
inspiration.  An actor should be flexible in his performance and ready
to accept those human moments that will eventually occur with focus and

>On the other hand, your fellow
>actors are going to let you have it right in the tush if you start
>screwing around with your interpretation, much less the words and
>blocking, once you're into performance

Community theater directors "block" plays.  Usually, without giving the
actor any reason other than the Samuel French outline calls for it. In
reality, the director should stay away from blocking a play as much as
possible.  The professional actor, if's he listening and is somewhat
familiar with his character  will know instinctively when and where to
move. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. Rehearsal is
beautiful.  It's ensemble.  It's a lot of different instruments tuning
up at the same time, working to find the right notes during a
performance that will create harmony's inspiration.

>>Improvisational skill is a separate talent from dramatic skill<

Not at all.  Especially with Shakespeare, where the acting is "thinking
on the line rather than between the lines."  Inspiration IS
improvisation onstage.  All actors hope their hard work will lead them
to THAT moment...powerful inspiration.  And when it occurs, it's like
the Lord reminding you to let go and get out of the way.  It's a special
moment to see two actors complimenting the other onstage, each of them
"in the zone."

Hey!  That reminds me! It's football season!  I need to bookmark my
favorite website... this year's number one college football team...my

Lott W. Brantley

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