I was at rehearsal yesterday plunging through a comedic classical mononlogue struggling with timing and placement. One of the challenges, I faced was reconciling the language with modern physicality. I have always considered myself fairly humourous but using verse as a communicator I found a little daunting. The benefit is learning how and I appreciate the challenge ahead of me. I have frequently heard that comedy is more difficult that drama and in this particular instance I am finding it to be true. Each time I have to rehearse in front of my castmates, I can literally feel my skin burning and I am so aware of my surroundings. I believe it can be a challenge to remain in the moment with the audience, it can be even a greater challenge to remain in the moment with your castmates. I am not advocating any solutions but just the continual process of refining performance and confidence in this game. After doing so many shows and performing in all kinds of arena, it is amazing that you can still feel like you are a newbie. I guess it some ways that can be sort of comforting.
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An Actor/Director sharing her thoughts on creativity in this crazy metropolis, New Yawk Citay.