A Dark Place
I'm gonna kill you muthaf*#!a!! These are the words I violently scream as I repeatedly stab my father to death. Prior to me killing him he calls me worthless and he said that he should've had me aborted.
"It's comedy night folks!!"
Obviously it's far from it. I recently got cast in a play where I'm playing a 19 year old kid who brutally murders his father and is eventually found not guilty in a trial. Although the role is small, it's quite intense. Oh the wonderful life of an actor. I have to go to a place that I really really don't enjoy finding. It's tiring, it's painful, it's depressing, it's cold, it's draining, it's work.
It's part of being an actor.
This is the first time that I've ever played a murderer. I'm learning a lot about building a character. My friend Bobby (also known as the Zen Master, because his house is a library of acting material) who lives 2 blocks from where the play is taking place gave me some wonderful advice. He said: "Your part is small, but make it the biggest part in the play" Pretty basic and simple, but I never thought of that.
Some of the people in the play have told me that they don't like watching the scene because it's too traumatic for them to watch. Despite the circumstances, because murder is not a good thing. I thought to myself: Yessss!! Thank you! That is one heck of a compliment. Because my job in the scene, no matter how disturbing it may be, is to bring them the truth.
Because art creates thought, and thought creates change.
-- Sacha Allen
Photo by Seth Meyer (I thought it might be a good idea to have a smiley picture to balance things out.)