Learning to Write: The Journey
I’ve spent 2 years watching my brillant client Justine Hall become an actor who writes
The depth of her work is astonishing & I’ve had the chance to learn that
Learning to write
makes great actors
of the human condition
bec the work becomes much more profound,
it becomes abt the breadth & scope of the human condition & how, u the artist, are responsible for telling that story w/integrity, empathy & compassion
As well as, a deep understanding of the places where we are broken yet, continue reaching for the light.
I’ve always maintained that actors who simply play themselves are not really actors (oops) bec ur playing to get people to pay attention to u to affirm you or build ur self-esteem
The real work of the artist is to completely leave the self behind & fully step into the soul, psychology & deeply flawed places in other human beings while holding a space for empathy. That is scary & requires huge amounts of courage, skill & a relentless inability to quit on urself.
The solo performer who writes well-constructed story (not just stand-up or therapy) becomes a master acrobat of the human condition. Theirs is some of the most profound work of the theatre.
It has been a wonder watching Justine do this, watching her transformation into The Iron Butterfly has been one of the most singular experiences of my career...
I am humbled & privileged to be a small part of her journey
@withrepost • @justinejhall Journey To My Solo Show! Writing a play aint easy. Hell, writing anything aint easy. Looking to the Bleu Lights for inspiration. Justinejhall.com