I’d like to introduce myself: I’m the playwright. Please know that while this play might be labelled a comedy or drama, it is in fact a mystery that only you —the actor—can solve.
Before we get to the details of this mystery, let’s assume that you are the flavor of actor who refers to the characters you are playing in the first person singular. “I want a cheeseburger.” Instead of “The character wants a cheeseburger”.
Now, let’s get to the mystery. Imagine that you just woke up. You’re in motel room. You have no idea how you got there, where you are or even who you are. Your memory is a cold, dark void. This motel room is the script. You are the mystery.
In the pages of the script, I have left a trail of clues—some blatant and obvious, others deviuosly hidden. You job is to find all the clues and to solve the mystery. Who are you? How did you get here? What do you want? Who and/or what stands in your way? What’s at stake? What will do you next? Your job as an actor is not to act. Your job as an actor is to solve this mystery, and like any great detective, show us the truth.
To prepare you for your journey, I’ve created a four-point guide. Read the guide before reading the script: