What is the story?

     Is he calling our attention to the difficulties of being a _______?

     A single parent.

     What is the author trying to tell us?

     Learning to love someone.

     What is he getting at?

     What is the deeper meaning underneath the plot and all the words?

     What's the main statement he's making to the audience?


     Recognize good material.

     A director and actor cannot save a bad script, like no unity.

     Plays are not conversation, but confrontation.
     Relate to audience.
     Revelation of human beings.
     Simplicity is never that detailed.

     In a good story the characters must change.

4.      The number one problem of scenes.

     What is the story about?

     Don't be miles away from play. Don't make blanket results.


     Number 1 thing:

     What is the story?

     Understand what the story is: tell it to the fat man with the cigar. 

     Know where you are in your journey of telling a story.

     Principle is "that it's got to be completely creditable" otherwise it can't work. It's not possible. What is the story?


     Key of the scene: story telling and reveal character.

     What is it about? Intention of story.

     Look under the dialogue.

     All possible concepts into one concept.

     It's not accidental.
     Who the audience is for? Who is the protagonist?
     Not the plot.

     Scenes are about behavior.

     Look at the shape of scene.

     There must be a character change in a story, less so or more so.


     Say to yourself: What is the story I'm telling?

     Story theme:

     She is interested in making everything magical.

     What is special about this story?

     Descent into hell.
     Bad guys fight dirty.

      Actor must know where his/her character fit into story.

     Always decide what the story is about, not what actor does best.

  1. Advance the story.

  2. All possible concepts into one concept. What is it about?

  3. Always decide what the story is about, not what actor does best.

  4. As a director when you watch a scene, does it do what the story requires?

  5. Bad material is full of shtick, rather than more substance and more truth.

  6. Play the story line: she's going in one direction, he's going in another.

  7. Author tells the story.

  8. Bad material not shtick, but more substance, more truth.

  9. Behavior tells the story.

  10. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl.

  11. Creative, prepare for the audience.

  12. Deal with the period. (1936) The role of women were different. Didn't have a chance for a profession.

  13. Director measure the actors truth. Did the audience accept it. Is it going the way of the story? Director gives red light if it is phony or fake.

  14. Don't make everything important. Don't make every moment a gem. Don't have two people posturing. Look for what is ironic in situation. Reason for plays.

  15. Don't make own assumption.

  16. Don't tell the story. The character doesn't know he is in a story.

  17. During a performance the actor must not think of the story or think  about the dialogue, but only think objective.

  18. Every moment is story telling.

  19. Find the essence of an actor, go by what the story requires.

  20. First thing to understand is the progression of story.

  21. Follow the theme; reveal color, pattern of behavior, form, rhythm and new revelation of the character.

  22. How a story is constructed to make choices.

  23. How does story end?

  24. How to approach it. Create an excitement, how do you do that? Picking the objective look for the point of view of the character. Choice person who is the outcome of the story.

  25. If it doesn't have anything to do with the story, don't do it.

  26. If you have the stage to yourself at the start of a scene, you have to help tell the story, reveal your character, reveal pieces of the story within those few minutes.

  27. In a good story, it has to change.

  28. In making choices, it is where you are in the story and how much the audience should know.

  29. In relation to the story don't verify, don't try and sell yourself and don't forget the story.

  30. Know what story you are telling.

  31. Know the story, purpose of scene and some idea what are you going to do.

  32. Lack of compassion, we have as humans, the audience can relate.

  33. Look at the shape of scene. What is the story?

  34. Movies are about behavior, otherwise, you are into radio. It's about human beings.

  35. Movies are about behavior. Not interested in plot. Why they happen?

  36. Movies you have to physicalize a change of thought.

  37. Never give all of story in one scene. Where do I fit in. What I will reveal in scene. Learn to conserve.

  38. Never make a final statement, audience makes it conclusive.

  39. Not just an abstract idea.

  40. Not just thinking, but do line of story.

  41. Only seventeen stories.

  42. Outline the story.

  43. Playing the dialogue is not telling the story.

  44. Play the theater, don't play the wheels of scene.

  45. Play to make people aware.

  46. Plays are not conversation, but confrontation.

  47. Plot is not the answer. The frame.

  48. Prolong everything you can, have audience on the edge of their seats.

  49. Purpose of story, where does it go?

  50. Reason it out according to story, so the rest of the story can go where the narrative is going. Point to point. Colors, dimensions.

  51. Sense of the scene.

  52. Showing a story, not telling a story.

  53. Signals from the playwright; telling the story, character and development.

  54. Situation going on?

  55. Staging is not just an interesting place for people telling the story, instead look for the behavior.

  56. Standards: what people will pay to see professional basis.

  57. Stay with the truth of story.

  58. Story and scenery won't hold audience.

  59. Story being told in images.

  60. Story ends a certain way, must lay tracks to it. Understand the story, Make right choices.

  61. Story is a "stacked deck." Audience is told to like or dislike. They are being lead by author.

  62. Play the story line; (she's going in one direction, he's going in another).

  63. Story revealed, step by step.

  64. Story telling has to be behavioral.

  65. Story telling, not busy work.

  66. Story, purpose of scene, some idea what are you going to do.

  67. Suspense of story is: like a moth around the hot light, until she falls in.

  68. Tell a story, not dialogue, but behavior.

  69. Take out the stylizing.

  70. The must scene is where that person gets punished.

  71. The story should alarm audience.

  72. The whole of the story: I had an abortion.

  73. Theme of the play: life in the big city.

  74. Think in simple terms with producers, describe story in one sentence.

  75. Understand the play, then stack the deck.

  76. Understand the story: love story with no sex involved.

  77. Understand what the story is: tell it to the fat man with the cigar.

  78. Understand scene. How it relates to story, then make choices.

  79. Understand the story and intention of author.

  80. Understand the values in the story, if values are turned around, it doesn't work.

  81. Unexpected: secret of good drama.

  82. War story: the logic does not pertain. Insanity. Constant apprehension. Nerves jumping on edge. People on edge. Hunger, bites, lice, conditions very sick.

  83. We are interpreter artists, not to re-vent the story.

  84. We want to see the result. Theme of story: (a woman can get raped, but can become the accused). Wrong person being punished.

  85. What is it about? Not the plot.

  86. What is the story: series of events that change a character, grow or diminish. Change.

  87. What is the overall mood of story? Consistent to style.

  88. What is the purpose of the scene?

  89. What is the story, then stay consistent with story.

  90. What is the telling of it with your bodies.

  91. What is the thrust of the material?

  92. What the play does to the audience.

  93. What you did was nice acting, but didn't follow the story.

  94. What's going on, what is the story?

  95. Where the hell you are in the story? Scene: point to point progression.

  96. Where the story goes. Who's side are we on. Good guys fight clean.

  97. Why is play or movie have that title?

  98. Why is a scene in the story? Advance the scene, what is the scene about?

  99. Why is scene in the picture?

  100. Will they or won't they split?

  101. Writer gives story, character and dialogue. Actor gives it life.

"In the end, it can't look like acting."