I just did my final for my Acting Styles class - I was playing Ophelia in "Get Thee to a Nunnery". My scene partner really got into it but he did a lot of things that were not planned in rehearsal, including shoving me a different way and grabbing my face and shaking me. The scene turned out fine, but it was terrifying and I felt so out of control. Let this be a PSA to all actors, please rehearse the violence in a scene and please stick to that blocking!
Oh girl - I’m assuming you’re a girl - let me tell you. I almost cracked my head open on a floor pipe once because of this. This issue runs deep.
Guys, there’s a reason for fight call. There’s also a reason why you’re supposed to keep your attention on your scene partner. Not the audience, not yourself, your scene partner is everything, so be responsible and keep each other safe.
I hope you’re okay, dude. Both physically and emotionally. And if you feel like you can, talk to your scene partner about what happened so he doesn’t repeat it with someone else.
OMG I HAVE A SOTRY TOO!!!
I was in The Laramie Project, and my director added a scene at the very beginning of Matthew Shepard getting beaten up. And guess who played Matthew? Yep, yours truly!!! So, we were practicing the fight scene back stage, and one of the guys kicked me in the face when I wasn’t ready. We did the show and whatever and blah blah, but at the end of the day, when I took my glasses off I had a BLACK EYE. SO YES, BE CAREFUL, AND ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH YOUR PARTNER TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE BOTH READY.