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    Bloody Good Show

    Why do stage actors like to work with blood? Seán G. Griffin, who played Donny in the satirical bloodbath "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, says blood helps drive a scene.

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    Be Intentional at Auditions

    Before an audition, Sterling Studio's Constance Tillotson says, know the character's intent.

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    How To Get Cast in Family Theater

    Kids are the best audience you’ll ever have. They’ll let you know instantly if you have them enthralled by listening intently, and if you don’t, the wiggles, the giggles, and the talking will start.

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    Cheryl King on Renewing the Play

    Playwright, director, and actor Cheryl King sheds light on learning how to prune and shape as a writer-performer.

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    Quiet! Someone's Getting the Job

    Film and television are reactive media. The next time you're watching a TV show or movie, notice that the actors listen and react more than they talk.

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    Playing Iconic Roles

    Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Williams, Miller—all these playwrights and many more wrote memorable roles that over time have become iconic.

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    I'm Not That Guy

    When creating a character, are actors limited by who they are? Actors sometimes play an idea of a character instead of a specific, idiosyncratic, actual person.

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    Hitting the Back of the Balcony

    When the intimate drama "Next Fall" moved from a 99-seat Off-Broadway house to the 597-seat Helen Hayes Theatre, cast member Patrick Heusinger remembered two pieces of advice to help him with the transition.

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    Um, Can I Say Something Here?

    New work, workshops, and premieres happen all the time in the real world, and when you're cast in one, you often have the opportunity to put your personal stamp on the script.

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    Shuffling off This Mortal Coil

    Despite the popular belief, dying isn't easy--especially on stage.