Half of my performance is done in the rehearsal room

Astor Place (Wherever Your Initial Instinct Is) ©MAIERMOUL
Astor Place (Wherever Your Initial Instinct Is) ©MAIERMOUL

Q: Once you take a role, how do you go about building the character?

A: The thought process is extremely slow for me. Stanislavski says, Wherever your initial instinct is, write it down, because you’ll come back to that one. So I write things down all over the script.

Half of my performance is done in the rehearsal room; the other half is when the audience comes in. They inform by participating. They’re an inspiration about pacing, rhythms, pauses.

– Patti Lupone, New York Times magazine interview