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Play Productions and the Great Blue Yonder

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So, I am a self-proclaimed act-whore…you may be wondering what this term means, so let me break it down for you. I act in every theatrical production that is going on around me if at all possible. Just this year, I have appeared in three different shows at the college I work at and am about to do my fourth. Now, these works have ranged from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to The Laramie Project to a collection of scenes from various shows. Each one of them has brought new experiences into my life. I am constantly having my acting abilities tested by each new venture I undertake. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Each production and each new director I work under brings new nuances to my performances. I am by no means saying that I am an amazing actor…I just feel like I get a little better everytime…and seeing that I’ve worked under 7 directors, I believe that each of them has impacted me in some way.

One of them gave us little tidbits of his experience before we would go onto stage each night, and the one that stuck with me was the fact that theater is ephemeral which struck me as odd. Why do we work so hard to put together something that will be gone before we know it? And I came to the conclusion that it’s because each of actor brings a love of the craft to the table. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t continue to do it without getting paid…and most of us if we could get paid for it would have our dream job built for us.

I may be an act-whore, but even when I have a disconnect from a show or a hard time with someone I’m acting/working with, I know that it helps me come alive. It’s one of the things that really helps me express myself in a world where people are medicated every which way because they’re dealing with their issues. I deal with my issues on the stage. It keeps me sane.

I leave you with a simple quote from a t-shirt (thought it was going to be some big actor or something didn’t you)…Thespians do it onstage and in public…

Written by uncannynerdyguy

April 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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