One Hundred Five

During rehearsals of “No Offense…” We’d run the 20-minute part of the show then do the interventions with the actors who weren’t in the scene. I’d pop in now and then but we all got the hang of it, getting more creative & bold (Thanks Erica! *waves enthusiastically*). We’re just a bunch of actors so getting up on stage wasn’t a huge problem, although most actors worry about their improvisational skills then do just fine.
Knowing full well that the general public would have stage fright, we’d be in the audience for encouragement. The most interesting lesson I learned was how people would rather talk about what they would, could & should do in that situation, yet doing it is scary. Doing it on stage is so much safer for everybody: no risk of violence, no racial slurs or anything too abusive. The real world is less predictable though, so expressing your motives on stage is the best environment to play in.
I hope that the high schools we visit will see what a luxury it is to play our their ideal scenarios with us.

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