Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Paul Varjak: Sure.
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!
(Got the above excerpt from "Breakfast At Tiffany's" from an ammmmmmazingly awesome blog post on BeHyped. If you are suffering from the "mean reds" you should click on this link and check it out.)
Wish that visiting Tiffany's brought me a sense of inner peace...But it doesn't.
My place of serenity is:
...Central Park on a mild summer day.
...my yoga mat during final shavasana.
...an empty movie theatre when the lights just go down and the movie is about to begin.
...a soapy warm shower.
...drinking a cup of coffee sloooooowly one tiny sip at a time.
Where's your place of serenity?
P.S. Twooooo again!...Two quality persons that I coerced into listening to me monologgie-ness:
1. My friend C and I were having coffee and I was trying to soak up some of her Shakespearexpertise. I looooove this girl. I did one of my contemporary pieces for her. I was totallllly going up on my lines in the beginning, but was able to remember more as the monologue went on. After I was done, I commented on my forgetfulness...and she said that she hadn't known that I had forgotten anything. AWESOME! And I was reminded of a lovely little gift called audience projection.
"The audience PROJECTS upon a blank space what they think the character would be thinking in the moment! They fill in the holes based upon what they know about the story." - Jack Plotnick
She totally "read into" my moments of memory lapse as being part of the emotional journey of my character. Loooove it! Sometimes mistakes are really GIFTS where the magic of acting can happen. And knowing about the magic of audience projection helps to take away some of the fear of forgetting.
2. Did my Shakespeare monologue with my friend Y...Walking to the subway. I was in a goofy mood. I was jumping around and yelling and laughing. I think if I went into my grad school auditions and did the monologue like that...they would probably think I was INSANE!...Which may be true. LOL! It's fun to explore the slapstick side of Shakespeare.