Friday, October 30, 2009

Like a dull actor now, I have forgot my part, and I am out, Even to a full disgrace.

An actor’s worst nightmare! The performance is in full swing, you’ve made your entrance and things are going along great. And then……”What’s my next line?” Out of nowhere, a complete brain-fart. It’s horrible. Trust me, I’ve been there.

I’m not sure which is worse: being the one who can’t remember the next speech, or being the scene partner and seeing your co-star’s “deer in the headlights” expression. And then your brain is going 1000 miles an hour trying to figure out how to help them; meanwhile theirs is moving at the speed of sound in an attempt to remember what the f they are supposed to be saying.






In- ter- min- a- bly.

But it’s really only a few seconds. Oh the humanity…. Actors have been known to dart offstage in search of their script—leaving their poor hapless partner to vamp until they return. It happened to me not that long ago. I looked up at my scene partner and suddenly for the life of me I had no clue what I was supposed to say. He said my mouth was moving—like a fish—for a few seconds and then I finally got the line out. I was thisclose to saying “Can I get back to you on that?”

There are many moments like that in my life too—where I am at a complete loss as to what to say, but for very different reasons. Either it’s the amazing compassion and spirit of my fellow human beings, the majesty of nature, the just plain off the wall silly
Or the absolute cruelty humans are capable of….

Uh-huh, there are times when I just have no idea what my response it.

[this post started in a whole other place than where it ended up.... I just never know where my soul is gonna take me. But thanks for coming along for the ride.]

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