Listen to a conversation between two students.
Hey, Sarah. When does your play open... the one you wrote and are directing?
In one week.
And how’s it coming along?
Well, the rehearsals have been going pretty well... there's just one problem.
We have a guy named Bill playing one of the supporting roles, one of the minor characters...
And he just can't remember his lines.
All the other actors have their parts memorized... except Bill.
We'll be in the middle of rehearsing a big scene and he'll forget what he's supposed to say next.
I thought he'd eventually improve, but now I'm not sure he'll be ready for opening night.
Oh, no. That's not good.
What can you do at this point?
Well...I could replace him.
There are other actors on campus... actors who could play the part.
Yeah, since it's such a minor role another actor could probably learn the part in time.
That's true. It's just that I don't know how he'd feel about that.
Removing him from the play could hurt his feelings. And he was really looking forward to being in it.
I see. Well, could you...
I mean maybe another thing you could do is spend time with him after rehearsals... you know...
work with him to help him learn and remember his lines.
Yeah, I could do that.
But there're other parts of the production I try to take care of after rehearsals.
So it'll take away from other things that I need to do before opening night.