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My Minute With Andre


Jul 25, 2017

MINUTE 14:

What is the difference between ourselves and the parts we play, on stage and in life?

Transcript:

--someone to have an impulse to do something. Now, in a way that's...that's something like a...a theatrical improvisation, uh, you know, if you were a director working on a play by Chekhov, you might have the actors playing the mother, the son, and the uncle all sit around in a room and do a made-up scene that isn't in the play, for instance, you might say to them "All right, let's say that it's a rainy Sunday afternoon on Sorin's estate and you're all trapped in the drawing room together." And then everyone would improvise, saying and doing what their character might say and do in that circumstance.

 

Andre: Except that in this type of improvisation, the kind we did in Poland, the theme is oneself. So, you follow the same law of improvisation, which is that you do whatever your impulse, as the character, tells you to do, but in this case, you're the character. So there's no imaginary situation to hide behind and there's no other person to hide behind. What you're doing, in fact, is you're asking those same questions that Stanislavsky said the actor should constantly ask himself as a character:

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