This is an article from The Sydney Morning Herald I learned about in a workshop with Sydney Casting director Faith Martin.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from it:
”I was once in a Shakespeare company and had to play a king and I said to one of these old actors, ‘I’m a neighbourhood guy from Queens, I know nothing about kings.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry about it, you will be seen by reflection.’ He said people think you’re a king if you get treated like a king, and I believe that the audience will believe I’m a psychopath if people in the film say I am.”
It’s a good concept to think about for actors trying to find that authority that they might not carry with them day to day!
I have had the privilege of getting to perform on stage for the first time in ages this past weekend with a wonderful cast of three very kind and beautiful girls.
I’m at work on my lunch break now, eating a banana for some energy for tonight’s last performance!
Our play is called “Rag Dolls”, and it’s about a tragic fire that happened in 1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory where the doors were locked in the factory to prevent workers from stealing or taking breaks, and many many lives were lost.
We didn’t know it, but yesterday the writer, Margaret Allen, was at the play. We met her afterwards and tears were in her eyes, it was so beautiful. I’ve never had that before where I have had a writer so filled with joy at their words being brought to life. Maybe it was different because the other times I have worked with writers they were writer/directors and involved in the process the whole time, and this was the first time that the writer saw the end product not knowing what to expect. She put so much into this play, and the people who lost her lives meant so much to her. It really is such a responsibility to bring life to a writer’s words!
I hope that we can help people honor the memory of these girls who lost their lives. Aside from that, I’m just really happy that the writer was happy with what the director and the four of us who acted in the play did.
Hooray for the gift of theater, being able to tell people’s stories when they can no longer tell it themselves, and maybe even moving a few people along the way. It really is something special. :)
So it was a crazy acting weekend. Workshop, rehearsals, audition, meeting with my agent…all good, tiring but good, but my FAVORITE part for once was actually the AUDITION! I know, when does that happen, right?
It was an audition for Sydney’s Short and Sweet, this massive ten minute play festival competition. It was a general audition where you do a monologue for a bunch of directors, and you are given a time slot based on your sex and age range. I actually went into it knowing that I may not get a role, but truly wanting to just enjoy the audition. I was still nervous, I still wanted a part, but I went in really just wanting to enjoy my chance to act in front of people.
And you know what? I DID. It was FABULOUS. I’ve been doing lots of film but haven’t done theatre in ages, over a year, and that was something small, but when I got in there, my voice just filled the space, the energy came, and it felt amazing. It was acting for the reason I loved it again! The magic was there, and I loved every second of it.
It must have worked too, because I got two callbacks and a role offer right away! (Haha, playing cauliflower! Which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds!)
Who knows if I will be able to enjoy my next audition as much, but I had this success of at least learning how to once and knowing how it feels. Hooray! :)