chapter  3
Actors' Vocabulary
WithLenore DeKoven
Pages 26

All the director is really doing is jamming up the actor's instincts, reflexes, and processes to the point of utter confusion and sometimes even total inhibition. A younger actor playing a role that is older than his own age might use the word regain in the life need to give him more maturity, since a more experienced individual might well have endured the loss of worth at some point in his/her life. Too often the director, lacking the actor's vocabulary, will give the actor the result he/she wants the audience to perceive, leaving it up to the actor to figure out the components and how to arrive at that result. Choosing the outline allows the actor to connect to and reassemble specific parts of him, thus enabling the actor to become a character with priorities that motivate behavior other than his own instinctive responses.