ON ACTING: The Shared Experience
Watching a performance is an experience in self-identification and shared humanity. "Oh," the audience says, in effect, in watching and hearing an actor act. "I recognize myself in you. We are alike, aren't we? I may not be a great lover, like your character, or a killer, or a man or a woman. But your characterization, when reduced to it's simplest sounds and sights, shapes and form, makes me feel...like you."
Acting becomes the same experience as the author Pat Conroy says about reading a novel: "finding out we are not alone."