There are no small parts, just small actors. Someone famous said that once. I think Matt Le Blanc. And when it comes down to it I have one of the smaller parts in "Little Triggers." And there's nothing wrong with that. But to discuss the process of acting, finding you're character, etc with a smaller role can be tricky. So I'll let Kevin, Derek or Neal discuss the finer points of acting.
From me you'll get some tips on ways to pass the time.
In Act one, once my scene is done I have roughly 40 minutes to myself. Try one of these suggestions next time you have 40 minutes:
-Reading: Reading is dying in America. Prove the news wrong by bringing a book or a kindle along. Thanks to rehearsals I'm almost done with "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin and looking forward to "Neverwhere" by Neal Gaimen and 'Being There" by Jerzy Kosinski through the run of the show. These books have been sitting on my shelf for months! MONTHS!
-Nap: grab a quick twenty winks! Helps get rid of those nasty bags under your eyes.
-Write: I just say you're writing stuff. People will be impressed.
-Re-Cast popular TV shows: One of my personal favorite games. Pick a show (Cheers, ER, ice road truckers) and re-cast it using friends or family. But never other celebrities.
-Make Fun of the Actors on Stage: Make fun of someone not in the room. We all do it. Including your co-workers when you leave a room
-Flirt: practice your flirting skills like Swiveling your hips, wink seductively, pulling your what-nots out smoothly, etc
-Leave Early: British stage rules state that if you're done before intermission you can go home. Do it so you catch the beginning of Conan
In Act two, I have scene where I'm under a sheet for 20 min. Try one of these suggestions next time you're under a sheet for 20 minutes:
-Shopping List: Go over what you have in your fridge and cupboards and what you can pick up on the way home
-Sweat Lodge: It's gonna get hot under there. Use it to your advantage! Drop a few pounds and clean our your pores
-Nap: See Nap under suggestions for things to do with 40 minutes
-Consider the big things: Take a moment and ponder about Life, The Universe and Everything!
-Coin Tricks: no pressure cause no one can see your hands
-Card Tricks: see above
-Ghost noises: self explanatory
-Enemies List: Make a ist of your enemies. Always useful to have especially when the assignation attempts begin to happen.