So – here’s what she did. Sheila called her best friend Margaux in Toronto and had her listen to Sheila read. Whenever Margaux felt that Sheila was acting or emoting or connecting with her piece in any way, her task was to call Sheila on it by yelling, “Now!” Sheila’s intention was to read the piece detached of feeling, nearly robotically, or at least without inflection. So during Sheila’s reading, the audience would hear (out of a cell phone a kind member of the audience volunteered to hold up), a tinny voice from Canada yelling, “NOW!” and Sheila would have to correct herself. It was pretty near brilliant.
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