1. Stage directions are the writer’s ideas, suggestions or concepts for the director, the actors and the production designer that show or describe various things such as:
a. certain backstory facts pertaining to a scene or a character
b. the behavior, or inner life, of a character
c. the staging or blocking the writer would like to see (actor business)
2. You should always read and make note of stage directions, but they should never be used as fact. Remember, it is your job as a director to “interpret the script” and stamp it with your vision.
As a matter of fact, one of the first things experienced actors do when they breakdown their scripts, is to cross out any stage direction that tells them when their character is to move or how the character should feel or act at that particular moment. Actors want to, and need to, discover that for themselves.
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