A. Today I learned that burning costumes:
2. leaves nice scorch marks.
B. We also got our thigh holsters. It looks like they'll work.
C. We also might lose two more actors.
D. I got my renewed passport today. Took about two months to get it. Now if I have to leave the country I can. I wish I had one of those diplomatic passports that George Bush has.
E. From "Directing Actors" by Judith Weston: "More effective than asking actors to "underplay" would be to suggest "going against the lines," i.e., an opposite. If you wnt the performance "heightened," try using language that suggests digging deeper rather than pushing harder. Instead of asking for "more tension" or "more build," ask for a stronger choice and more listening. Instead of "bigger" you probably mean "more free." Instead of "take it down" you probably mean "Stay honest. Keep it simple."