After two weeks of blocking and running the scenes with the blocking, there comes a time where the actors are asked to learn the lines to the point where we can rehearse Off-book (without our scripts.) In this play, the character Vanya, played by David, has over four pages of speech, a monolog he is performing with only a few one sentence lines in between. I feel so sorry for him… hahahah. This week we were supposed to know the first act by half, and come to rehearsal ready to leave our scripts in our seats. We have been fortunate enough with the productions PA, as our director has bee so busy that he hasn’t been with us all week, our PA – Aiko has been helping us plowing through after we tried learning our lines, and she also provides excellent snacks and desserts. It’s such a cozy homey feeling when you get to the theater and the Set Designer tells us that the coffee is already ready. Behind the scenes, when we are off stage we carry our scripts around to look at the lines we are about to say when we re enter the stage. Personally I feel like my performance never gets solid until I know the lines so well that I don’t have to worry about them at all. It really helps me in my acting lessons that I know my lines so well that I HATE them… because I’ve said them over and over again while practicing. This way I really feel like I can give the other actor my full attention and focus more on reacting and calming my mind so I don’t overthink. I love my cast mates, they are crazy group of people. Really quite talented and funny. We are supposed to be off book for the second act tomorrow, and yesterday as we went out for lunch at Hard Rock while Rick was working thereIt was pretty evident that neither of us are close to being off – book for the second act. Hahaha.. so at least I am not alone. But today is pretty much learning lines. David ( to the Right) has one hell of a challenge tomorrow with those four pages of a rant full of references and names, but our PA Aiko, sits with the script and helps us out when we are struggling. After the worst part is over, the best part starts… being off book, and fine tuning things and working on scenes. It’s gonna be so much fun and I really think the show is going to be so funny! Wish my family was here to see.