Audition for Play On

Play On by Rick Abbot

Auditioned for Play On last night. Directed by Lane Teilhaber (who directed me in Beau Jest) with Browyn Glantzberg (who I have known from acting classes with Chris Cole Harris) as the Assistant Director. Lane has called back David Campion to do Light & Sound and Karen Rooker as Stage Manager. So I know all these people. I enjoyed working with them on Beau Jest and in acting classes.

My personality type is ISFP (Myers-Briggs typology) or Amiable (Berrett-Koehler). This I have learned from my master’s thesis in college and management training for work. My personality type is to take things personally and to be self-critical.

So, if I did not get a part in this play where I know the entire crew, then I must not be a good actor and they don?t like my ability. Maybe I am not cut out for acting and should give up on this hobby.

That may or may not be true. Most of the time the Director and crew are selecting the best group of people for the play. My style or presents may not be conducive to what the director has in mind. This has nothing to do with my ability or acting style being bad or that I simply am not any good. The Director and crew have an obligation to the playhouse to put on the best play possible with the best cast possible. There were a lot of good male actors on the night I attended auditions that I thought would be very good for the 3 male parts.

I just knew when I was dismissed with other people still reading, that I was not going to get a part. I could not sleep for worrying over not getting a part. See my personality type above.

At 10:40, my cell phone range and instantly my adrenalin began pumping. It was Lane, not offering me a part but at least having me return for callbacks. This still does not mean I have a part in the play, but does alleviate the self-critical part of my personality.

Last night I read for the part of HENRY, a 50+ year old (another 60 year old part), is the mature experienced actor who plays the Lord of the manor (LORD DUDLEY). This is a play-within-a-play.

I will read HENRY again tonight.

I suppose, they could have me just show up because the like me, but not because they want me for….