Mar 28 • 49M

The Elysium Aesthetic

EA First Rehearsal + Rehearsal Report

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Happy Monday! Welcome back to Acting Class Daily and The Elysium Aesthetic. It’s the fourth Monday of the month, which means our focus turns to our Craft.

We want to master the art of rehearsal.

Do the work to prepare, to transform, to grow.

This week we’re focusing on where the work begins. The first rehearsal. And we’re adding a tool to ensure you always have your own back when rehearsal is done.

A way to always focus your growth forward.

The Elysium Aesthetic First Rehearsal

Instead of putting the onus on others to provide the most perfectly productive, distraction and judgment-free first rehearsal that you need and that you deserve

  • A rehearsal that would set-up your entire process with a strong base to build from …

  • A rehearsal that would give you the ability to enter into the first group work living as the character, contributing from your artistic truth, and open to all possibilities …

Instead of relying on the world to give us what we need …

We do it ourselves.

Our craft work begins today with The EA First Rehearsal.

Rehearsal Report

When we say rehearsal, we mean any time spent living as the character. Time spent living as the character requires us to let go of the actor.

  • What does it take to let go when it really matters?

  • When there are real results you’re expected to deliver?

What reasonable person would feel comfortable letting go, not watching over themselves, not guiding their work towards success?

Being reasonable, being logical … when are we actually comfortable letting go?

What’s going to convince you to let go? When will we as human beings let go?

Only when we trust something else will catch us.

That something else? … The Rehearsal Report.

The Road To Elysium

Elysian Fields (Joseph Taylor)

This Month’s Focus

Class One: The Road To Elysium

Today’s Class

EA First Rehearsal + Rehearsal Report (Notes)

Today’s Finish Line

Two powerful new teammates for our craft section - one gives you the ability to live the script, deeply connect to character and remain eager for collaboration. The other captures your work with a clear, trustworthy lens - turning rehearsal unknowns into deep, character knowings and rehearsal success into a gameplan for growth.

PREVIOUS: Physical Practice (Part One) NEXT: The Olympic Spirit

New to our work? These four chapters of our overview are where we recommend you start: Kindred Spirits, What Is Good Acting?, Growing Excellence, The Muscles of Preparation.

Questions or challenges with anything we cover? Free subscribers can connect with me live each Thursday at 10 am (pst) on Radio Elysium. Paid members have 24/7 access to feedback on Discord + weekly video coaching with The Sunday Schmooz.

The Olympic Spirit

We’ll use this space to recap each week’s personal crafting work - and share the discoveries and challenges of teammates within our community.

Personal Crafting Work

The Red Coat

Exercising the muscles of the EA First Rehearsal + Rehearsal Report with John Patrick Shanley’s The Red Coat.

  1. Choose either the character of John or Mary.

  2. Set-up your environment as a teammate.

  3. Live through your EA First Rehearsal.

  4. Release the experience into your Rehearsal Report.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

An opportunity to continue developing the muscles of the EA First Rehearsal + Rehearsal Report using John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

  1. Choose either the character of Roberta or Danny.

  2. Set-up your environment as a teammate - informed by the discoveries & challenges of your experience with The Red Coat.

  3. Live through your EA First Rehearsal.

  4. Release the experience into your Rehearsal Report.

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Put It Up On The Wall!

We had a tradition of capturing quotes on the Elysium walls. The torch has now been passed to the digital realm. We’ll use this space to highlight quotes and translate those terms we tend to throw around.

Glossary Gigantum

REHEARSAL CHOICE; with each new beginning you have a tone-setting opportunity. Are you going to move forward with your (actor’s) intellect so you can control the results, or are you going to experience living as the character?

Each time we set out into the work those are our two paths.

It’s a choice you get to make. A choice you have to make. Set the tone.

REHEARSAL BARGAIN; an unbreakable, fulfilled promise to live now, learn later.

We are making this promise to ourselves.

To the Daily Body guards and filters that are always there - and now we’re asking them to step aside because we have a deal to make.

A bargain.

We vow that we will do all the figuring out, all the checking in, all the judging … later.

“I promise that anytime I put myself out there (live as the character), I will take the time afterwards to capture everything.”

Imagine if that is true. Imagine if you grow to really believe that.

It’s astonishing what can happen when we trust in ourselves in that way.

Think of how deeply you’d let go knowing all the information will be there for you when it’s done.

It creates a genuine hunger to rehearse, to go for it!

We build deeper and deeper trust each time we fulfill that promise.

We let go at deeper and deeper levels because we fulfill that promise.

A real trust in letting go. An earned trust in living freely.

A knowing you’ll always have your own back.

A knowing you’ll always be caught.

Today’s Quote

'‘And it’s a fork-in-the-road moment … dun dun dun.”

Sample the ‘stacks.

In honor of our friends at The Sample (who knew the coolest newsletters to send me … and here we are today!) each Monday I’ll highlight a Substacker that’s tickling my tastebuds:

Play On.

Music to carry us into our break.