Playing a character based on a real person is tricky. Bea told me some stuff yesterday that really sealed in a different way of looking at that makes it a more approachable thing.
Learn everything you can about the background first, get all the information that you can. Put it inside you.
This is different from a “get inside the head of the character” approach, and it allows you the ability to make it come from something real. Instead of starting from a pretense built upon from some feeble research, you can emit a ray of truth while still looking through a different person’s eyes.
The flashbacks will still be tough. There is a moment at the end of the play when the audience knows something that my character doesn’t. I will have to practice in the mirror.
More later – joel