ONE ACTOR/ONE ROLE
The workshop is designed to provide actors with the tools guaranteed to gain full independence in performance.
The actors are assigned a One Person play, and over the course of the four weeks they will create the life of their characters so completely that when they stand on stage opening night they will be able to simply take a deep breath, let go and live.
Actors want their experience to be organic from the moment they ascend the stage and open their mouths. But acting is not innately organic. It takes time and hard work to arrive at that place. It takes a great deal of thought and imagination. It takes thinking about other people. Imagining what it’s like to be those other people. Placing oneself as those other people. People with different perspectives. Different hopes, fears, likes, dislikes, opinions, beliefs, memories, relationships. Different lives.
“Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played. I’m not. That’s why it’s called ‘acting’.”
– Leonardo DiCaprio
Over the course of the four weeks you will focus on deconstructing and analyzing your text, making choices pertaining to your character’s perspective, creating their sense and logic, forming their connections (i.e. relationships) to every person, place and thing they deal with and reference, and receiving and incorporating (but not limiting yourselves to) specific direction. The goal is total confidence in your creation. Total trust in yourself as creator.
“For an artist, greatness happens when you can take something organized and make it feel like it was improvised.”
– from POSE by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals
To make an audience believe that you are the person you must create the belief yourself.
“That is probably the biggest secret of acting: If the actor believes it themselves, they can make you believe it.”
– Melissa Leo
Solo plays demand that actors create everything they need for themselves. There are no partners to feed you. No partners to blame. You must take care of yourself. Be entirely responsible for yourself. Knowing that you are able to create everything you need for yourself is invaluable.
Never worry again about finding yourself alone on set. Feel secure that when necessary, you’re all you need.