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June 17, 2009


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"Are [you] the kind of person who thinks that once the metaphor of conflict arises the game is lost?"

I have witnessed plenty of folks who view (sometimes with intent, sometimes without) rehearsal process as something that eventually becomes about a political status game between the artists.

If we haven't yet, we will all eventually come across a collaborator who is purposefully difficult, openly machivellian (I know perhaps a paradox, but there it is), or the individual who acts on aggression because they believe that regardless of how it affects others in the room, that rehearsals must on occasion become about battles, the individual who can not win the debate on the merits of their points of arguement, and so literally screams and yells and points fingers.

Now, I think many folks would not want this to happen (I don't) but honestly... it happens. If it hasn't happened to you yet, it will.

I don't know if anybody will openly state this, but I believe (strike that...I know) there are folks out there that often use this tactic, that the "director's blow-up moment" is a tool to be used, rather than a momentary lose of control.

That is what I was trying to get to, with that question. To see if there was anyone out there who address those moments from either position...(here is the hyperbole) As a leader in the rehearsal are you more Ghandi or more Mussolini... hows that for a facebook quiz?

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