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is it doing in the middle of ENDGAME?
importance must be placed not in it's content but in the fact that Hamm sees his
literary/theatrical indulgence in his story as his "real" work, in contrast to the low
comic banter that occupies most of his time with Clov. We must see Hamm "work"
on the Chronicle. Despite the fact that there is important content in the text of the
"Chronicle", the fact that Hamm performs it, and the way in which he performs it
are much more significant realities for the actor playing Hamm.
lines of the play are not things that the character's "say ", rather the saying of the
lines are things that the characters "do". Speaking is the action of the play.
All of the "normal" textual requirements of making the language active, and acting
within the lines were still upon us. Neither Rachel or Jay were satisfied with
playing the text as if there was no semantic import. But I was becoming more and
more convinced that the relationship between the fact that they spoke and what
was spoken was not a simple one.
This gave us several ways of dealing with text in any moment: there was text as
Joke, text as complaint, text as weapon etc. As we achieved more and more clarity
with this palette the question of the content was, in part, answered. The content of
any line is, with a few exceptions, local. By this I mean that the content of the
exchanges deals only with that specific exchange. Despite references to the larger
situation, the actors must play the lowest, most immediate level of the language.
The entrance of a third character creates a kind of comic crisis.