Thursday, July 27, 2006

From David Ball's Backwards and Forwards,

"A scripted character is comprised of remarkably little - because the nature of any stage character is heavily determined by the actor in the part...

The playwright cannot give much, because the more that is given, the harder it is to cast the part. The playwright must leave most of the character blank to accomodate the nature of the actor...

Scripts contain bones, not people.

Good playwrights limit their choice of bones to those which make the character unique. Onto this uniqueness, the actor hangs the rest of the human being."

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