"But what if there are only a few potatoes left in the basement? Maybe she would say her lines differently," the wanna-be actor asked her professional actor friend, one who was trying to show the defiant amateur how to understand the actor's motivation behind each line of the script.
"It's called verbing. You look at each line of the script and find an action word to describe what's behind it," he said while laughing at her focus on the potatoes. "Everyone wants something. Find what you want."
He was so good that way. Eager to help anyone who asked for his expertise or point of view. It was a gift, one that he hoped to share with his impatient friend, who also happened to be a notoriously poor listener. "This is an uphill battle," he thought.
"But what if Margaret is worried they're poor and almost out of potatoes--it's on her mind, so it's impacting why she says what she says," she insisted.
Rolling his eyes, he pushed the book toward her. "Read the script".