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How I Became a Director: Detroit


It’s that time of year again! After the wonderfully rewarding experience we had on “The Actor’s Double Bill” last year, the folks at GASP Theatre Company are back with a new contemporary play to shock and delight audiences in North Carolina’s Triangle area.
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How I Became a Director: The Actor’s Double Bill


“Well, what I really want to do is direct!”

This is an old stand-by proclamation you used to hear during interviews with actors to the point that it became a joke. The implication is that the work of an actor is limited in its seriousness, authority, skill, and intellectualism. The actor in question appeared to be attempting to assert that he possessed these qualities, and if someone would just trust him to head up a project everyone would see what a great artist he was and how much he had to say.

It is an attitude that is certainly more prevalent in film than in theatre. It may also be motivated by a wish to have a turn telling other people where to stand and what to do rather than constantly being the one pushed from place to place and forced to fit your artistic expression into somebody else’s vision. It is not a phrase anyone has ever heard pass my lips, mostly because I have too much respect for the work of acting.
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