This was the first week of rehearsals on the play “Honey Brown Eyes.” More info can be found here:
An interesting point was raised by Ron Van Lieu in class yesterday at The Actors Center. After offering some notes on a scene from “A Doll House,” the work started up again. After the second go around, Ron noted that the actress had taken his notes and veered straight into “character,” nearly forsaking the content of the “scene.” What she did was certainly entertaining, but it neglected something fundamental. Read more…
I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited for membership in The Actors Center in New York. It is made up of a stunningly accomplished and talented group of people, and is a remarkable place to study and work. The current Artistic Director is J. Michael Miller, but the reins are being handed over to Ron Van Lieu, the current Chair of the Department of Drama at Yale University.
Many thanks to my friend John Rothman for nominating me, and to the Membership Committee for their consideration.
Onward to the further exploration of the craft!
Actors are perennially in search of two things: affecting an audience, and feeling personally significant. We can debate the order another time. In either case, there’s something relational at play, a need for emotions to stimulate the brain, or heart, or groin. (Again, we can debate the particulars later.)
In the best of circumstances, you’re working, on something you like, and you’re well paid. In these times you walk the earth with a lighter step. Traffic snarls are merely chances to listen to more music, rain is refreshing, and the dim-witted cashier is a person worthy of compassion. Read more…