A student, John, auditioned for a play with a monologue, which according to the script was to be a private conversation between himself and his father. The director’s adjustment was for the actor to do it as if it were a public conversation.
John was confused by the direction because it conflicted with the script but he did it anyway. John walked out of the audition feeling unsure of whether he gave the director what he wanted, even though he had done exactly what the director had asked.
Next time ask for clarification. Ask a question.
John could have said, “I hear you’d like me to do the monologue again as a public conversation, which I will do, but I’m a little confused because my understanding of the script is that this is a private conversation between a father and a son. Would you still like me to perform it as a public conversation?”
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