Alec Nevala-Lee

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Theresa Rebeck

I’m a big stick-with-the-basics girl. I think people should understand how to build a character and express character, how to complete an action, what obstacles are, pay attention, make sure the sound of your dialogue is good…Like a character has a need and an obstacle, and what that character’s gonna do to get what he or she wants, and then how the other characters fold into that, and what their needs are. I think all of that is really the nuts and bolts of it, and that, if you’ve got all that, then you can do anything else. I mean, I look at like, Endgame or Waiting for Godot, which are truly expressionistic weird experiences, but their character work and the language and the action and the forward motion is all in place…I think…there’s sort of something in the air, still, from postmodernism, that’s all about being unconventional, and that people are thinking about that too much and that a play can’t exist without those building blocks.

Theresa Rebeck, to the Wilma Theater blog

Written by nevalalee

January 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

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