May 17, 2011
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Actors are provided with the basic instructions by their Director, but are given partial freedom to work out some of the details on their own.
Actors may be told to change what they’ve been used to in order for the show to turn out the way the Director wants it to.
Actors must put off their own mannerisms and thinking, and fully become who they are imitating to be credible.
Actors have to play whatever role their Director wills.
Actors have to be willing to play background when the spotlight belongs to someone else.
Actors can be reminded a thousand times when to do what, but still cause train wrecks when they don’t know their own cues.
Actors have to be willing to cover for each other when mistakes and mess-ups happen, as they inevitably will.
Actors must keep going, even when things don’t go as planned.
Actors are only on stage for a brief period of time, and exit when their Director so wishes.