Rehearsal Parallels Development Stages

I’m one of those who believe that good work in rehearsal parallels the same stages of development that a human being goes through in process of maturation. For example, there’s a baby stage, where the work is about connection, about you and an “other,” a toddler phase when you first get on your feet and begin to explore your environment and so on. Of course these stages aren’t always consecutive, but in a rehearsal period, a good actor can use this premise as a yardstick to feel out what he or she is missing, where he or she needs to go next.