How do you play a great leader? What is it that makes many want to follow the ideas of a single man? It wasn’t until it was something that could inhabit my skin every night on stage that I could allow it to seep in. I re-read sections of The Brick. I read an interesting book about mental health and illness in relationship to our greatest leaders called A First Rate Madness. I worked on my physicality. I’ve watched great leaders speak and how they address their people. It felt completely foreign but it was structuring who this man was. I tried to funnel my own passions into the energy that is Enjolras’ passion. That passionate energy was never a challenge to harness….it was everything else. My primary focus was to bring a new element in that I had never seen before. I wanted him to be almost “of the people” as he walks amongst them. I wanted him to reach out and be able to touch these people he cared so much about…to touch them…to empathize and have them see themselves in him. Enjolras’ undone cravat and rolled up sleeves are no different a concept than Obama speaking in the midwest without a jacket and his sleeves rolled up. He is powerful but he is not afraid to connect with those whom he leads.
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