Kyra Sedgwick feels “the eight-show-a-week thing is antiquated” Do you agree?

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The Closer star is spending her summer vacation onstage instead of at the beach. She’s marking her first full production of written by ,  for New York Stage and Film. It’s a new work being developed at the Powerhouse Theater on the Vassar College campus.

The story revolves around a mystery that unfolds as Sedgwick’s insurance investigator character battles wits against a Danish widow. The play closed after a successful two-week run on July 27.

The wife of Kevin Bacon talked about how hard the play was to do each night.

She said, “It’s a tour de force. She’s in every single scene. It runs the gamut emotionally. And it’s a lot of words. I’m kind of a perfectionist, and I’m used to doing things to the point where I feel like they’re as close to perfect as I can get them, and that’s just not possible in a situation like this. I don’t remember working on a new play where the writer was there, tweaking and changing all the time. That’s been exciting and terrifying because things get changed, and you go, ‘Okay, I had that stepping stone that was taking me to this, and now that’s gone, and now I have to rethink this whole section.'”

This was the first time the TNT star had ever worked with the Tony-,Oscar- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Shanley.

She explained how his words affected her, “I feel like sometimes where I can go emotionally as an actor is never supported by the words, and there are many parts of this play where I feel utterly supported and can go to a very full emotional place knowing that the words are supporting me.”

One thing Sedgwick did struggle with was the eight-show-a-week schedule. She has some thoughts on the performance requirements for so many shows.

“I do think that the eight-show-a-week thing is antiquated. It’s diminishing returns. I just don’t think you can expect eight great performances, and it’s so hard for me to expect anything less of myself. I don’t know how I would do that,” she explained. “At some point, for something limited, and if I could beg the producers to somehow do less than eight shows a week, I would like to. Seven is good; six would be even better. The thing is I would never want someone else to go on for me. That would be the kicker. So maybe an Off-Off-Broadway thing where they can deal with six.”

Sedgwick will head back to TNT in 2015 as a producer for 10 episodes of the new series Proof starring Jennifer Beals.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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