Monday, February 26, 2007

PATA General Audition

My audition for PATA, last night, was my strongest PATA audition so far. I finally have a comic monologue (from A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG) that works for me. My classical piece--Orsino--is a mess, though, and it's time to retire it. I could just never get comfortable in Orsino's skin.

There seemed to be far fewer theaters represented at PATA last night than last year. That was disappointing.

8 comments:

fred said...

david, you putz, the comments i made were about your orsino!

David said...

Freddy--baby--I know. And your comments were a HUGE relief. I just feel that my Orsino is a mess, because sitting inside the piece--rather than watching it from the audience--I know how many places in it I'm bullshitting, not believing in the beat change. In the center of each beat, I believe in it, but a couple of the beat changes just... never fly for me, so, it feels like a "mess." Not an embarrassment. Not a stew of bad choices. Just something that doesn't quite hinge together.

What I do like about my work on Orsino, though, I think are the things you liked. I did the carpentry on it and spilled the blood into it that makes it possible for an auditor to see that I am bringing skills to bear. My Orsino, as it stands right now, is obviously the work of an actor, who's getting some things right and struggling with others. I don't feel bad about that!

David said...

...And I certainly hope I haven't come across as ungrateful, a sin I hate in a man as much as any other....

DisgruntledOldGuy said...

On Regrets, from Feb 22: I don't doubt that your pain in genuine, on not having children. Pain is one thing and regret is another. There's a problem with regrets, aside from the fact that there's only one reality, and what is, is, and it's pointless to dream of alternate realities, and all that Zen stuff that we know about. The other problem with regrets which interests me right now is that we make a decision expecting a certain outcome, and the world being what it is, the outcome is never what we expect, and is most often less than we expect. Then we look at that disappointing outcome and compare it with the imagined outcome of a different decision, and the actual outcome doesn't look as good as the imagined outcome, so we regret the actual decision, which is pointless. I myself had children and had a bad marriage and a bullshit career so they would have security, and actually my only regret is that I was a lousy father to them.

fred said...

as usual, you're way too hard on yourself, but i can easily forgive you for that. and hope you can too.

David Loftus said...

David, I'd recommend Tim True's class on auditioning for generals. He taught me some basic stuff about how to choose good monologues, well suited to me in particular, but helped me fine-tune them, as well. My PATA this time around -- third ever -- was by far my best, I think. I think he's got another cycle of the 10-week course starting up in late March or April.

David said...

I took Tim' s class last fall and found it highly valuable. I recommend it to anyone.

Brian said...

Man, I thought your audition kicked ass.

The "Joe Egg" piece in particular - though I thought the Orsino was good and showed an understanding of the language that was missing from many other auditionees.

As to beat changes and all that - meh. I don't believe in such stuff. Go out there, be in the moment, live the moment, and to hell with the homework.

But that's just me. I'll take Mamet over Stanislavski, any day.