The players cannot keep counsel.

Players can be incredible gossips. But probably anyone can be. They can also keep some serious secrets under wraps when they want to. The number of times I’ve found out that some relationship developed right under my nose is really quite extraordinary. When working on a show, the experience is so intimate, so full of intense togetherness, it can feel like there are no secrets, that everyone knows everything about one another. But – sometimes that is an illusion.

I thought of a theatre company, known for its group aesthetic, for being open and edgy and experimental and what not. In other words, they are a company that would seem not to keep secrets. But when one of their own proved to be a bully, proved to be the sort that would give his girlfriend and fellow cast member a black eye, the secrets started closing in around them. They keep this counsel. They keep it close.


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