The 2013 Tony Award-winning play, #VanyaAndSoniaAndMashaAndSpike by #ChristopherDurang closes at the #CapePlayhouse August 22, 2015. Dedicated final performances to the memory of my mother, Mary Dean Doolittle, for her warmth and caring and ever-loving support.
Do the C.O.W.* Everybody now! Well, not Everybody.Just actors who want to start DEVELOPING A CHARACTER through script analysis.
These are the 3 steps:
Go through the script and write down what your 1. Character says about themselves 2. What Others say about your character AND...wait for it... 3. What the Writer says about your character
After you do that, you're probably going to start feeling like you're getting a pretty good idea of who your character is.
One thing I love about acting is that it's like a big jigsaw puzzle that's so fun to 1. find those innie-outie pieces and 2. start interlocking them until there is a clear (yet, nubby) picture of your character.
Of course, there are more steps after this. But, I said 3, and I'm a woman of my word. ;) Have fun with this 1st dive into your character's world.
For coaching on more script analysis skills and further character development techniques, contact #YourSitComCoach - Maggie Reed at Maggie@YourSitComCoach.com. Sessions available either in person in NYC or over Skype. Check out more information and session fees, including volume discounts (going up January 2015) at YourSitComCoach.com
*I totally stole this concept from Mary Lou Belli. She is an awesome teacher, and is also the incredibly talented director of the hit TV show Girlfriends among many other popular TV shows. And she's a very accomplished writer, as well - Acting for Young Actors and Directors Tell The Story. maryloubelli.com
Rising star Trey Gerrald, has a recurring role on Orange is the New Black and has appeared and will be on Tina Fey's Tooken, You're the Worst, Next Caller, and The Carrie Diaries, to name a few. Tom Coll has booked. So has Megan Grocutt. Likewise with Daniel Hepner, Bill Beckwith, Joe Gesuale, Jill Wurzburg, Megan Elliott, Rahmel Reid, Terrence Jenkins, Jeff Joslin, Irene Minko, Max Brand, and so many more of my students/clients. In projects such as Blue Jasmine, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Nurse Jackie, The Fosters, The Good Wife, Win, Win with Paul Giamatti and the new HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes with Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce (and yours truly as Maggie Biederhof), plus indie films, TV, stage, and internet productions.
This year has been an embarrassment of riches for us all. May it continue on in all of our lives who read this and want the world to be a richer place by giving audiences food for thought, emotional inspirations, and insights they might not have had before.
Please let me know how your projects are going. I'd love to hear about anything you're working on. And send me a link to your website or Facebook, ActorsAccess, etc. page. I'll display it on my Links page. Bravo to you for living your dreams!