*Warning: although it's about a purely fictional/artistic act, it contains elements (in yellow) that may be a trigger (also strong language)*
I'm directing a play (that I also wrote) for the theatre group of my college. I was in a pub/café (outdoor tables) yesterday with 3 actors from our team, having a drink.
B.- plays the role of a Romanian woman married to a Gipsy man, who decides to leave Romania together with her husband, frustrated with people's prejudices against Gypsies.
N.- plays the role of a victim of human trafficking. Her character has been abused into forced prostitution.
A.- plays the role of an idealistic Englishman who is in love with N's character and travels to Romania hoping to find her and help her recover from her trauma.
We were discussing the play/characters- debating mainly N's monologue in which she tells her character's story. B's idea of how it should be interpreted was quite different from N's- so in order to exemplify how she sees it, she starts reading/interpreting it.
There was a certain-very emotionally intense- line in the monologue: "I have been a wh0r3! A wh0r3! Do you know how much this word hurts? Do you? "
Now...what would you have thought if you walked past someone's table in a café and just hear a someone going like: "I have been a wh0r3! A wh0r3!"
Afterwards, A told me that he wished to try another character's monologue (a college graduate who immigrates, generally frustrated/bitter with his life). So he reads it to us quite convincingly, but still... we all agree the character fits better the actor we already assigned. The following conversation follows:
A: You know, I couldn't do it the way I would have done it on stage... we're in a public place here.
Me: Well, at least you didn't have to shout "I have been a wh0r3!"
(As a matter of fact- he did during the workshop; I have asked A and N to switch characters, as an exercise).