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Acting for the Stage by Chris Qualls, Anna Weinstein

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CHAPTER 5

STARTING AGAIN

“What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.”

Billy Crystal

You’re familiar with the sorrow that goes hand in hand with completing a show. Closing night is always followed by the morning after, which is inevitably filled with emotion.

What comes next?

That’s the question you’ll ask yourself when it’s time to begin again, whether that need is due to the end of a run, a botched audition, a show that closed early due to bad reviews, or a recognition that you’ve aged into a new “type.”

There is no such thing as a working actor who hasn’t faced the task of starting anew. Actors will take time away to try a career in a new industry. Or they’ll ...

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