Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword v

Introduction 1

1. The First Word 5

2. Reading the Play 11

First Reading—Defining the Story 13

Second Reading—Defining the Event 16

Third Reading—Defining the Character 18

Character Interview Worksheet 25

3. What do I want? 29

The Super-objective 31

The Scene Objective 33

4. What is in my way? 39

5. What do I do to get what I want? 45

Beats 47

Tactics 48

Pivotal Point 53

6. Creating the world of the character 57

Magic If 59

The Moment Before and the Moment After 61

The Inner Monologue and Subtext 62

Endowment 63

Stage Business and Secondary Activity 65

Secret 66

7. Into rehearsal 69

Bringing Choices to Life 71

Tools for Rehearsal 72

Rehearsal Journal 73

Troubleshooting–When Nothing is Working 78

The Final Word 83

APPENDIX: The Anatomy of a Scene 85

Acknowledgements 97

Notes 99

Bibliography 101

Index 103