I have been in a handful of plays where I would say some lines, walk here, walk there, sit down, and the like. In this production however, I have faced the hardest part of acting thus far. I have to pretend to be asleep.
I never would have thought that it would be so hard, but I find it impossible!
First off, every day we take a ten-minute break before Act II starts I find myself with a coffee in hand. When the break ends, I go onstage and then have to pretend to be asleep for a few minutes. My heart races from the caffeine and I just want to get up and run around the stage.
Still, I keep making this mistake every day.
The second reason that I find sleeping onstage so impossible is that I am a curious person. I have to remain motionless with my eyes closed while people run around and create a scene around my body.
At one point in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon hits me with a spell while I’m asleep. I want to watch and see what he’s doing, not just lay there and wait for the audio cue (I might have peeked a few times during this scene. It looks really cool).
Towards the end of the show I am asleep for a good ten minutes, but it feels like hours. I have to get comfortable if I’m supposed to pretend I’m asleep, but my head finds no comfort on the cold stage floor. I toss and turn and, yet again, really want to see what’s going on around me.
I hate not knowing.
The show opens this weekend, so I really have to work on controlling the peeking and remain still. I’m sure in front of an audience I won’t lift my head up and look around, but this is going to be an obstacle that I have to overcome to improve my acting skills.