Using Slow Motion to counteract Urgency
This happened to me in an early workshop with Viola when we were working on The Where:
The scene is a spaceship. I’m the navigator. Andy is the captain, and we have two prisoners from another planet on board. I sit placidly at my controls downstage. The captain yells a heading like a pirate.
“Sou.. by SouWest!”
I say, “Sou by sou west, aye!” I think to myself that’s what he wanted me to say – but shouldn’t it sound like a numbers and degrees and bearing call? Now I’m thinking of how to add to that in when one of the prisoners says “There’s no south in space!” I think ‘is that a denial?’ I at least know enough at this point in my training to not deny.
I continue to think to myself, ‘Who do I support? What does Captain Andy say to that? Should I say something?’ I think if I support the prisoner – the scene could go into a mutiny, which would be funny. Or do I defend my captain and create an opportunity for doing a captured prisoner scene? I’m so busy thinking to myself, I disconnect. Andy says something I miss.
The prisoner then shouts, “My people are coming for us!”
I don’t know what to do so I say “What should I do Captain?”
Viola yells out a side coach. “No Questions!!”