Hi, this is my first post here!
I’m an aspiring actor with some great roles and plays racking up on my resume. I’ve been in theater all my life, I adore it. It’s who I am. My experience is mainly community and semi/professional work so far, just waiting to work up the nerve (and the savings) to pursue it more seriously, which I intend on doing soon.
I’ve got a big problem to solve, and I must solve it fast: To stay in a potentially terrible production, or drop out.
I’ve just been cast in a great play, with a great part, good director. The hiccup: the cast is DREADFUL. I went to our first read-thru and felt physically uncomfortable from start to finish. Lack of talent, bad English accents, limited turnout at auditions leading to people being cast poorly. The list goes on. To put it bluntly, I was extremely disappointed after it was over and I felt - for the first time ever - that perhaps I shouldn’t be a part of this potential disaster.
I met the director for drinks and spilled my guts. I told him how I felt in the nicest way possible and he was very understanding. He said he believes in will come together but has given me a 3-week window within which to decide. He said if I still feel like leaving, I can quit, no hard feelings. I want to believe him.
I also don’t want to be a diva, but I have never felt this way before and I don’t want to spend all my time and energy working on a play I’ll be ashamed of. I know that everything is a learning experience and every role teaches you something, but on the other hand I don’t want to develop a reputation for doing crap shows.
In my last play (as my friends --and some reviewers --mentioned), I “carried the show”. I didn’t mean to, I just did my best and I guess it showed. But it was exhausting. I don’t want to be the one who “stands out” all the time – I want to be surrounded by talented folks who make the entire performance worth seeing.
Anyway…what should I do?