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i was a grouch at rehearsal tonight. i like that a cast member gave us a fun warm up to do. i really needed that. why don't people do group warm ups any more? i like them so much. they're the great equalizer. they file down everyone's thorns. i think i am going to implement that for elephant's graveyard.

i just now realized that--for the first time this year--i am doing more directing than acting. that's a surprise. i mostly prefer acting. acting, you have to like the role and be charming/funny/dastardly/part of the background/whatever. directing, you have to like the entire play. and like, LEAD people. it's weird.

and it's hard. even if you love the project. when you're working so hard and people give you guff...yeah. now i feel even worse about being a shit tonight.

let's just promise, just you and me, right now, in our private little circle. let's hold hands and bow our heads and say together, "i promise not to be a shit anymore as much as i can really help it. it's only a play. it's make believe. hallelujah."

and then let's take a breath and say, "and i promise to not be a shit anymore as much as i can really help it just in general. 'life is short. don't be a pants.'" and then we can play beer pong. but with lemonade.

Date: 2013-03-27 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ms-violet.livejournal.com
This is extremely helpful for me.
Right now I have to direct a ten-minute play for an assignment for school. I don't love the play. Some aspects of the play I downright loathe. some aspects of the play I love. so I will think of your "don't be a shit" rule when I go into rehearsal today.

Date: 2013-03-27 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoundrel01.livejournal.com
I'm not a fan of warm-ups. Scratch that (and apologies that this is not helpful)- I *hate* group warm-ups. It's just a personal preference depending on the show, but I like to stretch/breathe/center on my own.

And the fact that you tackle directing is supremely admirable, IMO. I never had the knack for it, but I blame a janky instructor during my required advanced directing course in college who repeatedly hated my shit without anything really constructive to say. ("I didn't like the ax in the scene. It was distracting."/"Then why the natural fuck would you assign me a scene with an ax? Help me out here, friend...")



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