by Jim Murchison
I am not saying that words aren't the most important part of a play. It's just if you drop a line or a scene or mix the words up it's because you've lost control of the character. You're either wary, have never understood what the scene is about or are overconfident and cocky about last night's review.
We were in the middle of this change when the stage manager informed us that three minutes of the monologue had just been cut
There are some great memories and stories about line drops though. I was once in a Greek tragedy where six actors had to change from slaves to guards for an upcoming scene. It involved stripping off a layer of body makeup, charcoal dust and glycerin sweat, then applying a fresh layer of body makeup; and changing from burlap attire to leathers before grabbing armour and marching dramatically on stage. We were in the middle of this change when the stage manager informed us that three minutes of the monologue had just been cut, which meant we had a minute and a half to enter. Sprinting as fast as we could, trying to break stride and enter in a perfect synchronized marching step it was definitely the most dramatic entrance we ever made.