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Acting Tips for Narcissists
Why do I act? Because I want attention. I don’t care if it’s positive or negative. All I want is eyes on me. Do you want to be a “star”? If you answered yes: read on! (If you answered no: please keep reading, I need you to notice me!)

Tip #1: Acing the Audition

Before you can be in the play, you’re gonna need to prove to the director that you should be in the play. Your chance to do this is at the audition. What I do is I treat the audition like it’s a show and you should too. When you walk into the room throw your script into the nearest ...
How to Write a Play in 7 Easy Steps


Writing a play may seem hard, but if you follow these super-duper easy steps you’ll be the toast of Broadway in no time!

1.) Procrastinate

Any good writer knows that the best way to start a project is by putting it off for as long as possible. You’ve got plenty of time to write this play; what you should be doing now is googling the size of the world’s biggest pizza and if it was actually any good. Finding out this type of stuff might come in handy!

 

2.) Tell Yourself You Are Going to ...
12 New Shakespeare Superstitions

Theater superstitions have us believe that it is bad luck to say
"Macbeth" in a theater. Instead, we’re forced to call Macbeth “The Scottish Play.” This is all well and good, but what if superstitions develop around Shakespeare’s other plays? We don’t have alternate names for these works…  Until now!

 

 

1. The Tempest

The Windy and Rainy Play

2. The Comedy of Errors

The #Fail Play

3. Hamlet

The Longest Play

4. Much ...
Quiz: Is Your Production Ready for Opening Night?


Putting on a play takes a great deal of hard work, organization, and, above all else, time. Take this quiz to see if your production is in shipshape for opening night!

1. Have you picked a play to do?
a. Yes. It’s great! People are gonna love it!
b. What do you mean “play?” Like a football play?

2. Have you auditioned actors?
a. Yes. We cast some great ones.
First Draft Titles of Classic Plays
What makes the great writers great is their ability to edit. Any good writer knows that what must be removed is just as important as what stays in.

Would these classics have stood a chance to become iconic had they retained their original titles? I doubt it!

1.) A Woman Named Blanche, A Woman Named Stella, A Man Named Stanley, and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

2.) The Events That Lead Up to The Death of A Salesman From Brooklyn Whose Name Was Willy Loman by Arthur Miller

3.) Pride and ...
14 Signs You Might Be an Actor in a Play
1. You’re wearing clothes that aren't yours.

"Hmmm. I don't usually dress like a pirate..."

2. A room full of strangers are watching you and you're ignoring them.

"I don't remember these people being around while I was eating breakfast."

3. You're being called by a name that isn't yours.

"Why do you keep calling me Juliet? My name is Sarah!"

4. Every time the lights go out, more time passes than you expected.

"That definitely didn't feel like a whole day."

5. ...
   

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