I reckon the few people who read my bloggy thing have given up on it. Rightly so. But I'm in another play and the character is really friggin' difficult. Writing about it helped last time. Let's give it another go.
What I need to accomplish:
1. Age. He's in his 40's.
2. Make him likeable. He's on the stage too damn long for the audience to hate his guts.
I think the main thing I'm missing in my characterization is the playfulness. Which is ironic since that's one of the few traits me and this character share. If I can just pull this off I think most everything else will fall into place. The problem I'm having in sprinkling the character with some playfulness is that the man has issues. He's self-aware of these issues and they are displayed on the stage almost as often as he is, which is practically the whole damn play. So it's quite difficult to keep from turning him into a brooding, bitter, pained wreck. His flaws and problems are not pitiable enough for us to put up with that shit. I think there's room for sadness, and anger, and bitterness, but those things cannot dominate the character. The author has given us clues as to his playfulness. He's pretty sarcastic. He's characterized by his family as someone who likes to tease. But once again, it is very easy to take these same traits and turn him into an asshole. Plus he's obviously active in the NYC theatre community. This isn't his 1st play to be produced. He knows and is acquainted with theatrical people. He knows Swoozie Kurtz, even. It's a pretty safe bet that he'd be quite theatrical as well.
Another mistake I'm making has to do with the age factor. I make the mistake of thinking that the older someone gets the more serious they get. Which is true...if they let themselves get old. So. Physically I must age, but mentally I must not. Maybe not. 40's isn't necessarily that much older than myself. I just think it is because my parents were never in good shape and thought that their pains and problems were normal for someone of that age. Okay. Age-Schmage. As long as I don't turn John into Peter Pan, I'm cool.
How to make John likeable:
1. Smile more. Especially when describing my own problems. Be self-deprecating about it.
2. The sarcasm must not be at other's expense. It should be for their amusement as much as mine.
3. Don't be so quick with the shouty-anger. It's like engaging death blossom. Weapon of last resort. And even then I should regret going using it.
4. Chin up, buddy. Straighten that spine.
5. When Pop gives his disapproval for putting on the play, be disappointed but respectful of his decision. After all, I gave him the decision to make.
There's so much more. It's such a delicate balance, this character. Too much weight on any one aspect can topple my attempts.
Anyway. I've lost enough sleep over this fucker for one night.