The Theater: Prim and Pallid Hedda

A great dramatic role leads a double life. The outer life is the dialogue, scenes, situations and narrative line that the playwright has bestowed on the play. The inner life is what the actor or actress brings to the play. That is why there have been as many differing Hamlets as there have been actors who have played the part. What makes certain actors great Hamlets is that they invest the role with an inner life of compelling richness, density and power. They risk and spend all that they themselves have learned about life and add it to mighty Shakespeare's best.

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