That's not how it works with me. For me, memorization is torture. So why do I do it?
Mostly I do it for the end result. As unappealing as the process of memorizing may be, the prize at the end of the process is real. It's not that different from physical exercise, which can often be odious, but which can produce terrific results.
Mind me, I enjoy the rehearsal process - the interaction with a director and with other actors. It's just the memorization that is the problem. After years of experience, I've learned for me there is only the one solution - hours and hours with book or tape recorder in hand.
This time its for a role I've lusted over ever since I was interested in theatre. I'm finally old enough to play this role, and hopefully good enough to perform it: Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, opening April 24 at the Bartell Theater in Madison for a four week run.
Wish me luck.