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Play dead!

A couple days back, Marc Grapey offered this sage advice on the Steppenwolf blog:

1) Acting is re-acting. It’s true. Don’t react to anything on stage. You are dead.

2) All great actors listen to their scene partners. You can listen, but you can’t hear. Once again, you are dead.

3) Pee before you take the stage.

4) Use the 3 seconds of blackout left after you get on stage to find the most comfortable position possible.

5) If you have an itch, tough. See rule number one.

Sounds like he's out there for a looooong time. Man. I thought five minutes or so in Horror Academy was tough. Of course, that also involved the whole "stuff struggling chick in barrel, freak out about chick with gun, get shot in head and then try to be very abruptly dead with blood running down my face" thing. Possibly it would have been a bit easier under other circumstances. ;->

Still, that show -- with two characters who died very different deaths -- was the only time I've ever been pleased with how I pulled off a skill that every actor has to use sooner or later. I do not think of myself as someone who, as the phrase goes, "gives good dead." I'm curious how things will be the next time I'm called upon for it.


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Jun. 27th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Also, never die with your head hanging off the edge of the stage. No matter how cool it looks.
Jun. 27th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. *sympathetic wince* How long did this person have to stay that way?
Jun. 27th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
It was me, and it was however long it is from the time Laertes kicks off to the time the play ends.

I mean, it was an acting workshop, so I could have moved, probably, but I was committed to the illusion. ;)
Jun. 27th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
however long it is from the time Laertes kicks off to the time the play ends.

A small eternity. Yikes!
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Looks like lots of fun! I really miss the haunted house I used to do. Was never that complex, and I thankfully never had to pretend to be dead, but was so much fun.
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, HA had elements of the haunted house, but it was a full-blown show. Probably the best one I've been in for quite a while, and it certainly got the most attention!

I miss doing haunted houses, but I...can't remember the last time I wasn't in either rehearsal or performance during Halloween season.
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