There’s a lot of doubling in the Notebook, ie one actor plays multiple characters, a thing that I definitely did not invent, but very much love. Oftentimes in first drafts, I’ll write extra humans into a play, and then over the course of figuring the play out, I’ll combine characters into one full human, or have one body play both of the characters. With doubling, you get to subtly underline how we all are sort of the same, even if we live 100 years or 100 miles apart, even if we’ve never met, we are our own grandparents and granddaughters. It’s one of the many ways that theater can Say something without Saying it, it’s one of the many reasons that it’ll always be my first language, it’s why sometimes I just wonder who else I would Play, if I doubled.

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