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Quote chelserin Replybullet Topic: how to handle conflict between actors
    Posted: 9/25/11 at 5:59pm
Hi... we've had a situation in our current show that resulted in an actor quiting 5 days before opening night. the gist is that actor Z grabbed actor X by the arm and spoke sternly to him. Later Z apologized to X and the director.

When I stopped by rehearsal last week (as the board support person for this show) X was still upset and I let him vent to about Z, hoping once he got it out he could let it go and move on. Nope. X felt that Z was out "to get" him and he did not feel safe with Z around. Z has been active in our theatre for many years and I have never known him to be violent or threatening. An ass at times? yes... threatening no.

I offered to talk to Z and try to mediate. X declined. I offered to be at the rest of the rehearsals. I said Z's behavior would be brought to the board to discuss.

The next day X quit the how saying that the director and I had not taken his concerns seriously and hadn't taken action against Z.

In my opinion, X's pride got hurt and he couldn't get over it. Z apologized and that should have been the end of it. Both these men were in their 40's/50's, it is not my job or the director's to babysit. However, I wonder if there was more I could/should have done. We do not have a n actor code of conduct and I am thinking that would be a start. As a board member/director what do you do when there is a conflict between actors? It's not called "Drama" for nothing.

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Quote JoeMc Replybullet Posted: 9/29/11 at 12:39am
To me they are both acting just like big girls blouses!
I believe you acted well with mediation, but just treat it like a wave & allow it to wash past you!
I have found over the years that generally 'the least said is soonest mended'.Ouch
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Quote pdavis69 Replybullet Posted: 9/29/11 at 9:18am
Perhaps a quick note to X expressing your concerns.  Show your understanding and invite him back again in the future. 
Patrick L. Davis
Fort Findlay Playhouse
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