Jon: (on his preparation for acting in a play) Before rehearsals begin I read the play as often as possible. Sometimes you are cast in a part months in advance, sometimes just days, so time is a factor in the amount of preparation that can be achieved. Ideally, with lots of time, I like to research the time the play was written and is set. The literature, art, politics, etc. of the times. Some stuff stays with you- you filter out what you think is appropriate and discard other ideas.