Last night we did table work on my BOA play Three Little Words.
For those who don’t know, “table work” is when the actors, director and playwright gather around a table and move little game pieces from Monopoly or Candy Land around a tiny model of the set. It helps everyone visualize the play in three-dimensions and gives insight into who the director likes best, since they get to be the race car.
This is different from what’s known as “putting it on its feet,” which is when the director gets up on his/her feet and runs around the stage, acting out every part and giving line readings so that the actors know precisely how to say each of their words.
Wow, this post is turning into a virtual master class on directing.