A Script Over Headphones

Tim Crouch has an interesting approach to writing a play. “Instead of simply dictating a script, Crouch offers lines and directions to an actor over headphones and also performs himself in a moving story of a man who has lost control after killing a child in a road accident and then meets the father of his victim. Taking a different actor for each show, he ‘rehearses’ by chatting with them for an hour. He doesn’t tell them the story, but prepares them with other practicalities. This lack of knowledge enables the headphoned performer to give a particularly open, pure response.”