The Sunday Giveaway: Two tickets to The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway!

Hey yo!  Heidi is back on Broadway, and she brought along Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs and Bryce Pinkham with her, in a brand new production that got raves.

And one of you is going to see it for free.

Oh man it feels like just yesterday I was doing scenes from The Heidi Chronicles at Tisch.  I played Scoop in the famous, “Are you guarding the chips,” scene.

I was awful.

See, I had a crush on the girl playing Heidi, and see there’s this moment at the end of the scene where Scoop plants a big ol’ confident kiss on her after asking her to “go to bed” with him.  I was too nervous to kiss her in rehearsal, so I pitched her this crazy method-like idea of, “Hey, it’s their first kiss right?  So let’s not kiss until we’re doing the scene in class in front of everybody . . . it will be fresh that way.   Why practice a first kiss?”


As you’d expect, when we did it in front of the class, we were awful.  My acting teacher said for some reason I looked very nervous for the entire scene.  (Uh, duh!)  So he made us go to the hall and talk about the scene and then come back in and do it again.  In the hall, I told my Heidi I had a crush on her.   She told me she was flattered, and maybe we could see a show together sometime.

We went back in and did the scene again.

It was better.  🙂

Ok, that’s my acting class/scene partner story.

Do you have a story from acting class?  Maybe you worked with someone who became a star.  Maybe your acting teacher was bonkers?  Comment below with your best acting class/drama club story and one of you will win tickets to Heidi, and see Elisabeth Moss and Jason Biggs do “the chips” scene the way it’s supposed to be done.

Now I’m going to go hit up Facebook and see if I can find out what the heck happened to that Heidi from my days at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.  I haven’t thought about that moment in a decade at least.  Only problem is I can’t remember her name!


Good luck!


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  • Christopher Dougherty says:

    In my college acting class me and my acting partner were given the scene from A Street Car Named Desire where Stanley confronts Blanche as to why she is really in New Orleans and acting so strangely. I wanted to play it safe to the point where Stanley was just annoyed with Blanche, but she wanted to go full on crazy! She wanted the confrontation to be full on crazy! We found some fake pearls and this tiara that we could use as props and all and practiced with them. She kept telling me to be “rougher, like you’re going to punch me”. I couldn’t bring myself to do it until the day we had to perform in front of the class and really got into it. The moment came when she asked me to grab the pearls and pull her closer to me and look in her eyes menacingly. Well needless to say the pearls broke and we had to keep trying to avoid them as we “used the space” (Famous lines of my acting teacher). At the end we decided the tiara had to be ripped off. Well, when it happened I yanked, but it got stuck in her hair and I didn’t realize it. I kept pulling until I heard a scream of agony and it turned out I had ripped a chunk of hair out!! She stayed in character and we finished the scene and I apologized profusely. I didn’t know what to do or what she would do. Finally, she said, “That was great! Who cares about a bit of hair! It will grow back!” We got an A for the performance and for the class!



  • Francesca says:

    I’m actually studying and working on this show in class right now!

    Out acting class this year went to a Thespians competition and my friend decided to BS a monologue and make up a dramatic one to compete with. He did it and we all almost died during it. It wasn’t event that great and we all were dying of how ridiculous it was.

    Then he got a 95/100 on it and won a top award for it. We all died when it was announced. I’ll never forget it.

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    My theater professor got up the first day of class and before saying anything like “welcome to theater class” or “hello, my name is professor…”, she just started performing the prologue to Romeo and Juliet. Kind of threw everyone off guard and garnered a lot of stares

  • Liz Wollman says:

    During my senior year in high school, I took advanced acting and one of my fellow students was (and remains) a devout Muslim. We were practicing physical moves–stage-slaps, basic combat moves, stage eating, and fainting, and during the fainting part, my friend actually fainted (it was during Ramadan, and she was hungry). We all spent a few second roundly congratulating her on how realistic she looked and how natural the fall was before realizing that she had actually fainted and was unconscious! And yes, I swear it, this actually happened.

  • Claire says:

    I have such admiration for actors; I’ve always been an audience member who enjoys theater by viewing, reading, and listening to plays and musicals.

  • EllenFD says:

    First day of theater class the professor railed against egocentric performances and proceeded to lambaste Danny Kaye for going off script and hamming it up as Nosh in TWO BY YOU. As a huge Kaye fan, I was chagrined and didn’t feel like returning. But I did.

  • So it was in the 70’s and I was at the Actors Institute in NYC. And I was doing scene work. I did a scene from BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. I was 20 something. My scene partner was much younger.
    He was Fisher Stevens. Back then he was 14!

    I was also brought by friend Sanford Hoffman back in the same time to an Improv Class. It turned out to be Sheldon Patinkin’s Class. Yup Second City. And in that class I worked with J.J. Barry, Martin Friedberg and many others. I had Mathew and Adam Arkin in my class too. Mathew gave me my first bouquet of flowers. Funny how these memories stay and stay…

  • Alexis says:

    I’m a stage manager through and through, but I was required to take acting one and acting two. Our midterm performance came around and I had rehearsed with my partner and we were pretty solid. However, day of the performance comes around and my partner shows up to class drunk – not hung over, but still drunk! We are in the middle of the scene and I had just given him his next cue. He looks at me and goes hmmmm. Thankfully my professor knew the scenes as he had assigned them, but he said if he hadn’t known I would have looked like the person who messed up. Give me a script and a standby any day! I also have a special place for Heidi as I directed it for my senior thesis.

  • My acting teacher in grad school (Tony nominated) used to call me “Alissa”. She got me confused with another girl. She did this for two years even after I reminded her. Let’s just say I was not one of her favorites.

  • Caitlin says:

    I went to an all girls prep school so when we did “A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” …guess who played Brick? Say what you want, but I think I looked damn good in those blue silk pajamas.

    Definitely not what Tennessee Williams envisioned but it’s safe to say I will never forget that play for the rest of my life.

  • Lewis says:

    This “event” did not happen to me … but it happened to a young actress I met and she told us (during a seminar) about how it befell her. She was presenting a scene with an elderly actor (playing her grandfather, perhaps?) and it was going along well with close attention being given by the gentleman who ran the class as well as her fellow students. The old gent seemed to lose concentration and, very slowly, fell forward against her. Obviously alarmed, she called for help … but everyone watching thought this action was a part of the scene. She pleaded again for help and again got no response. Finally, she said something on the order of “This is not part of the scene! I am in real trouble here! Help me!” THAT got a response! Unfortunately, the old gent did not survive. This may have happened at Terry Schreiber’s class … but I cannot say for certain.
    Also, wonderful Dick Cavett was the subject of an interview himself. When asked by the host “what’s the worst thing that has happened to you on camera?”, Cavett said, “Having the subject of my interview die!” That subject was Mr. Rodale, who was an expert on “living better” and who did, indeed, die during that interview.

  • Susan C says:

    When I was between freshman and sophomore year at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, I was part of the ensemble/chorus for an outdoor drama during the summer months. Glenn Close, who was a graduating senior, was the lead in the production. My roommate, who was a drama major, was also in the ensemble/chorus. She commented that she didn’t think Glenn was really that
    good. It’s funny how no one has heard very much of my roommate…..

  • Maddie says:

    I was in production of Godspell, and during our first onstage rehearsal, Jesus (whom I had a crush on) forgot to put the fortune cookie in his pocket during intermission, and I could tell it wasn’t there. We kept a few extra onstage in case something like this happened. So as discreetly as possible, I scooted across the stage and got one of the extras from our prop wagon and when Jesus got to that part and realized he didn’t have it, I called, “Hey, Jesus!” and THREW it across the stage to him…but it landed about ten feet short and six feet to the left of him. He shook his head, went over and picked it up, only to find it had broken in flight.
    And another: I’m currently in acting class, and for the first time ever, we’re doing a scene I wrote! It’s been very surreal and a learning curve for me; it is difficult to act and develop a character while also watching everyone else, taking notes, and making changes.

  • Larry & Sherri Segall says:

    Freshman in college and got to see Jason Robards(Murray) and his son(Barry Gordon) on Bwy and then met him afterwards in local steakhouse, loved Murray’s attitude about life and yes its time to weak up the neighborhood for activity and volleyball while not going to work, this became my mantra for mental health days when I taught in the inner city in challenging conditions. Murray embraced life and passed this on to his stage son. A Thousand Clowns Is My Favorite Play.

  • Tom Hartman says:

    I had a Shakespear class at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago with locally famous actor Jim O’Reilly.Mr. O’Reilly was a big (5″2″ or so), Irish, Deep-voiced,growlind alcoholic with a man of long white hair. He would show up for class, 15-20 minutes late, send oneof the actresses he had an eye for out to get him coffee, tell stories until she returned and then would sit and drink his first coffee and hack up a lung until his brainwas functioning and he was ready to watch scenes.

    I was doing a scene from Measure for Measure where I was trying to seduce a nun. We had rehearsed it as a s a series of chase and escapes around a table. Half way throught the scene comes this loud growl, “Goddamnit Hartman are you going to dance your way through that scene?” Everyone fronze, me in mortal embarrassment. “I want you to pick a spot and start it over, Do NOT move the entire scene.”

    We re-did it and, to my supriose I felt more powerful than when I moved. This was how I learned that the less movement you do, the more power you gain onstage.

  • Melissa says:

    it wasn’t acting class but in 6th grade we did Tom Sawyer. I played Amy and got to slap Tom. One night I accidentally slapped him so hard he yelled “God damnit” it brought on a great ad-lib about cursing.

  • Nelson E. Montoya says:

    Every day for a week we would try to
    Feel the motion, feel the motion
    Down the hill

    Every day for a week we would try to
    Hear the wind rush, hear the wind rush
    Feel the chill

    And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    To see what I had inside
    Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    And I tried, I tried

    And everybody is going whoosh, whoosh
    I feel the snow, I feel the cold, I feel the air
    And Mr. Karp turns to me and he says
    “Okay, Morales, what did you feel?”

    And I said
    “Nothing, I’m feeling nothing”
    And he says
    “Nothing could get a girl transferred”

    They all felt something
    But I felt nothing
    Except the feeling
    That this bullshit was absurd

    But I said to myself
    “Hey it’s only the first week
    Maybe it’s genetic
    They don’t have bobsleds in San Juan”

    Second week, more advanced
    And we had to be a table
    Be a sports car
    Ice cream cone

    Mr. Karp, he would say
    “Very good, except
    Morales try
    Morales, all alone”

    So I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    To see how an ice cream felt
    Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    And I tried to melt

    The kids yelled,”Nothing”
    They called me,”Nothing”
    And Karp allowed it
    Which really makes me burn

    They were so helpful
    They called me hopeless
    Until I really didn’t know
    Where else to turn

    And Karp kept saying
    “Morales, I think you should transfer to Girls High
    You’ll never be an actress, never”
    Jesus Christ

    Went to church, praying
    “Santa Maria, send me guidance
    Send me guidance” On my knees

    Went to church, praying
    “Santa Maria, help me feel it
    Help me feel it, pretty please”

    And a voice from down at the bottom of my soul
    Came up to the top of my head
    And the voice from down at the bottom of my soul
    Here is what it said

    This man is nothing
    This course is nothing
    If you want something
    Go find a better class

    And when you find one
    You’ll be an actress
    And I assure you that’s what
    Finally came to pass

    Six months later I heard that Karp had died
    And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    And cried ’cause I felt nothing

    OKay you got me!!! This is from A Chorus Line! I have never been in an acting class, but I do want those Heidi Chronicles tickets. Haha.

  • Rose Marie Rupley says:

    When I first started doing musical theater I got up to sing “On my Own” but I said it was from
    Les Miser-abl-les. I pronounced it like it was spelled and the whole theater started cracking up. I had no idea why for the longest time…

  • Amy Peterson says:

    For weeks, and just a few, I had observed rehearsals for the play I wrote via Skype or Google Hangout. I had also cast the play from the midwest by FaceTime. I was thrilled the directors looped me in and that one of the solid play development centers provided free rehearsal space. It was just before dress rehearsal when I arrived in New York. I entered the building, still with my wheeled carryon and laptop bag, and the eleven cast members enveloped me in hugs. Encircled in their arms, I hadn’t felt hugs like that from grown up people since my parents and grandparents were alive — those hugs. Also there in the corridor, the cast drew me into the culture of the thing. The title character is lesbian — mattered not at all, but she played her character so heterosexual, it would never have occurred to me. The show had its requisite, adorable hook-up couple. The actor who had flown in from an acting program in the mountain west just for this show had a full week — the cast hookup, open calls, a callback for Avenue Q, modeling gigs that paid for his suitcase that was stolen, and excellent lower Manhattan weed from the friendly Washington Square Park Rastafarians. A unit of this he still had in his pocket as we were headed out of New York on Airtrain. We stopped on a lonely platform in Queens where he discarded it, then nonchalantly boarded the next subway to JFK. I was with this cast only four nights and created from those nights enduring friendships.

  • Carl says:

    The summer after my junior year in high school I took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In my end-of-summer evaluation my teacher scoldingly wrote, “Carl still looks at the stage as a place to fool around.” Years later I joined the cast of the improv troupe Chicago City Limits. 4000 shows later, I still look at the stage as a place to “fool around.”

  • Darlene says:

    Here’s a story for you! In college I was assigned a scene from Rebecca Gilman’s Blue Surge because my instructors wanted me to learn to push my limits. So I was given the role of the prostitute & told to play a scene in my skivvies. When I refused, both of my teachers decided they would show how fearless they were by stripping down to their skivvies…unannounced…in class. Talk about taking method acting & arts education waaaaay too far! Anyhow, I proudly stuck to my guns and performed the scene in something risqué but less revealing. I also got kicked out of the class AND the performance track of my college theatre program because according to those 2 instructors, “I no longer believed in the process.” Its 15 yrs later and I’m a working actress here in NYC. I guess I showed them!!

  • One of my favorite moments in any acting class I’ve had so far happened on my first day of class at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU/Tisch. We had class with Elizabeth Hess, who some of us knew and recognized from her work as the mom on the show Clarissa Explains It All. It was all of our first day of class at PHTS and one of our very first days of college and Elizabeth told us we would be working through states of being, starting with Primal. She then proceeded to writhe on the floor and make some incredible guttural noises. She then came out of it and said, now you go. And like the good little theater school students we were, we all jumped in and got primal with each other without the slightest hesitation.

    And things only got weirder from there 😉

  • copa says:

    In college we were discussing Nietzsche and one of the students next to me was getting uncomfortable. The professor recognized his discomfort probably stemmed from his right-wing Christian background, but instead of softening the lecture the Prof jumped right to the famous quote: “God is Dead.” The student’s chin practically dropped to the ground, then he packed up his things and left the class and did not return till that section of the course was done.

  • Patrick McGregor II says:

    I was teaching a non-majors acting class a couple years ago which consisted mostly of film students and theatre minors from other areas of study. One group decided to take a scene a little further than expected. The scene is a seduction and it does end up with the two characters sleeping together but we aren’t supposed to SEE that. We just see them fall into bed kissing. WELL…as I was grading the two actors during their scene, I looked down shortly before the scene was supposed to end and I heard a loud POP. I looked up and in what couldn’t have been more than five seconds, both students had gone from fully clothed to stark-arse-naked. I was so taken aback and didn’t know what to say. The just smiled at me and the rest of the class and said, “SCENE!”

  • John Dallal says:

    Having spent many Sundays growing up to find much Sunday afternoon enjoyment at the movies
    with my parents, I developed a deep-seated love for movies & plays, And so it was no wonder
    that I wound up being part of a Drama class in HS, in which, at one point, we performed ‘Under
    Milkwood’ for the school and, in which I had three partsn for which I received a standing ovation-
    a sweet elixir to my mind and spirit. And I knew I wanted more! But soon after HS I wound up
    joining the Army before the Draft got me, and I wound up in Viet Nam, and returned home after
    my tour with my nerves somewhat askew. But I still wanted to pursue Acting. And, so, from
    my sister who was working for Joseph E. Levine at the time I got the name of a good
    Acting school in the city run by a very nice lady, and fine actress, Irene Dailey. And I remember
    having fun doing some improvised skits, and I remember one exercise in which we ran around,
    going through the motions of hailing a cab. Unfortunately, due to bad nerves and concentration that
    was somewhat impaired my time there was somewhat short-lived. But, truth be told, it was fun while it
    lasted, and I did get to meet some very nice people. And, regarding my time in HS Acting & Ms. Dailey’s
    Acting school I did retain some pleasant memories.

  • consuelo carpenter says:

    In a community theatre production of Our Town I got the worst cause of stage fright and forgot all of my lines.

  • Bobbi Smith says:

    Once at Summer camp when they were putting on a show they gave me one line”Where, I don’t see it”. I was told I should look out at the audience with a puzzled look. I was so proud! I didn’t find out till much later that it was the comic relief and they wanted me to say it because, at the time, I had a very Brooklyn accent!

  • fran says:

    I was very fortunate to study directing with Professor William Melnitz at SUNY Binghamton (same Melnitz as UCLA).

    I remember him as a tall, imposing man. First day of class, he gave us his class guidelines. He began by explaining the director maintains the rehearsal’s discipline. “If the director is late, the cast is late. So therefore, we will not be late for class; we will be early.” Yes, Professor Melnitz.

    The next week, we are all early, with one exception. It became time for class and Rodney was still not present. About 10 minutes into Professor Melnitz’ lecture, Rodney hurried into class and took his seat. He was clearly terrified. Melnitz continued to lecture. When he was ready, he stopped and simply said “Well?” to Rodney. Rodney blurted out, “I’m sorry, Professor Melnitz, but [pause] nature called.”

    Without missing a beat, Professor Melnitz replied: To a director, nature never calls.”

    Momentary silence, then Professor Melnitz continued teaching. Needless to say, none of us were ever late for his class again!

    I ended up becoming a stage manager. I always remembered Professor Melnitz’ advice about discipline and I was usually early for rehearsal.

  • Alexa Bishop says:

    I remember that I had a crush on our Wizard in Wizard of Oz and I was Dorothy. And we added a scene where they danced together, and I just got so excited to be holding hands with him that I NEVER got the dancing down…sigh

  • Joseph Peter says:

    In college, it was required for directors to take acting. That class. Between our teacher believing J Lo was the devil and her mother (?) to spending three hours pretending to be elephants to singing about the evil stepmother dance, that semester got weird in all the right places. Highlights included our teacher taking the wet shirt off a fellow classmste (after a downpour outside) and giving him her shirt. Or there was the time her ex-husband taught a class and made everyone cry… Each day was an experience.

  • Phillip L. says:

    I never took an acting class or performed in any school productions. I was painfully shy and avoided speaking in public or in front of an audience. Finally in college, I took a course in communication where we had to make presentations in front of an audience and it helped me overcome my fear of speaking in public, but I am still a very shy person.

  • Years ago, studying with Lee Sankowich in San Francisco, I performed a scene from “Dorian Gray,” playing Lord Henry Wotton. When finished, Lee said, “That was shit, Wayne.” I have never received a more honest and precise criticism since. He was entirely right. He then recommended me to The Asian American Theatre where I landed the role in “Year of the Dragon,” with playwright Frank Chin in the lead; and then, once that show completed its run, he hired me to understudy Drew Eschelman and Byron Jennings in “The Mousetrap,” at the old Alcazar Theatre.

  • Jared says:

    I was taking a musical theatre performance class and we had each been assigned a Sondheim duet to perform with a partner. As Sondheim is by far my favorite musical theatre composer, I was super excited, even though looking back assigning “Too Many Mornings” to two college students maybe wasn’t the best idea. Anyway, my scene partner and I rehearsed really hard and I drilled that music so that I could nail it in class. The morning of the performance, I woke up barely able to croak out anything, let along sing well. I was furious at myself and went into class already feeling defeated, but forced myself through the performance anyway. When it was time for feedback I was fully prepared for a harsh critique (I sounded awful!), but to my surprise the teacher said that aside from the obvious vocal issues it was the best acting she had seen from me up until that point. For the first time, I had let go of my incessant need to be right and was more focused on the scene rather than trying to win someone else’s approval. It was a lesson that stuck with me throughout school and the rest of my performance career.

  • B says:

    The Krogstad to my Nora wouldn’t stop flailing his arms around. So the teacher had him put his hands in his coat pockets. Then he flailed his coat around.

  • Luci Jo DeVoy says:

    When i was in college my scene partner and I were doing “A little priest” from Sweeney Todd. We bought all of these little pies for the final dress rehearsal and really went to town dressing this scene with props to use. We get up in class to sing it for the last time before we took the stage the following morning. As the scene starts he whispers to me “I don’t know about this” I was taken back thinking “Are you kidding me, you chose this scene and your chickening out now… F U” I mumbled “whatever, let’s just do it” I get through the beginning of the song and really start laying into the scene… chewing the scenery hard. I look over at him while singing getting more and more pissed off. Finally I turn to sing to him and he stands up, takes a deep breath to sing and proceeds to projectile vomited across the table in front of us. It was all over the little pies and baking tools we borrowed from the prop shop which made it 10 times worse (because technically we weren’t allow to borrow them) He tried to make it out of the studio and ended up vomiting on the door and wall. He ended up having food poisoning and came to class anyways. It was so awful. I still to this day haven’t seen someone vomit like that outside of The Exorcist.

  • Randy Turner says:

    My acting class was at Mississippi State University in the mid 1970s. My final scene was the second act of Last of the Red Hot Lovers. While rehearing our lines, my partner had a melt-down because she couldn’t remember her lines. She was ready to drop out or get a failing grade. I was a mess for almost 24 hours. Of course the next day she apologized and brought me flowers. We got a great reaction from the class when doing the scene. We both got an A from Dr. Cunetto.

  • Kyrsten Louchen says:

    I genuinely feel like every acting class I have ever taken has been ridiculous because you are made to do these awkward exercises that are crazy and you have to TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY!!!! That’s hard for me. Needless to say, I was the annoying girl in the class that laughs all the time. But damn do I have fun 🙂

  • copa says:

    Prior to winning her Oscar for TENDER MERCIES, college alum Tess Harper held an acting workshop. Each student was allowed to cold read a scene with Tess.

    I was so nervous I stumbled through it.

    Later, she gave her evaluations of what the characters actually were doing in the scenes and the gravity of the situations. Somehow I had a nailed it.

    Best acting I had ever done, then or since??

  • Brian says:

    I auditioned for Gemini at a local community theatre. At the 3rd callback, it was between me and one other actor for the lead. He said to me “you will probably get it, you are great! I am thinking of giving up the community theatre s**t and try to really make a living” I got the part, 6 months later I watched a new TV show Murphy Brown. When Eldin entered I recongnized him as the other actor. I wrote to him, he wrote back saying he was sorry he couldn’t see my performance but he was filming the pilot.

  • Andrew Joy says:

    I watched to fellow students do a scene all about miscommunication. The first time through they did well, but the professor encouraged them to go further. When they brought the scene back in a few days later, they had translated one of the characters lines into Japanese and kept the other’s in English. The scene ended up being hilarious as these two characters really had barriers to communication. It really turned into a great exercise!

  • Kristen M says:

    my very first time performing in front of an audience for our drama club was all too memorable. I had ony a short scene and a few lines, but at my entrance, my show caught on the rug nailed to the stage and I fell backwards. The audience and actors erupted in laughter and everyone thought it was part of the scene and I was asked to teach others how to fake fall.

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