What I’m Learning From My Solo Show Class

It’s when I see my classmate Michael Kass perform that I realize what a one-man play is. I feel kinship with what he talks about. When he performs, I see what a performance looks like, what a solo show looks like. When I hear myself get up, I hear a lecture. There’s such a dramatic difference between a play and a speech. It’s like I get up and read a song while Michael stands up and sings a song. It’s not scary to read a song, but to embody a song, that’s scary. I hear Michael launching into song.

I need to take that leap into being the character, not discoursing on the character.

The turning point in my story is when I realize that I can’t get to where I want to go by applying my will power. My will was corrupt. I needed to turn my life over to God. I had to accept my crippling emotional addictions and to seek help for them.

I’m thrown by the connection thing. I thought I was connecting and I wasn’t.

Teacher: “Just go deeper.”

So connection means going deeper. Not getting stuck in your head.

Teacher: “The actor has to know who he is talking to.”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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