chapter  23
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Actor and Director Prepare a Scene

Actors and their director should thoroughly study the text before coming together. This creates checks and balances so that when actions, motivations, and meanings come under scrutiny, they will draw usefully partisan perceptions from everyone. Each actor sees the world of the text more from the perspective of his or her own character. Thus, the viewpoints of the different actors often spark new ideas. Not all may be compatible, so the director leads the process of coordinating and reconciling them. You will need to be evenhanded, holistic, and speaking for the best interests of the project and its general audience.