With the “Stage Actors” Octopath Traveler 2 side story, it might seem like a situation in which you bring NPCs to the Stage Director. After all, the Tropu’hopu NPC mentions people who cab show passion in battle. But really, you just need to fight this character.
Head north of the main Tropu’hopu space to get to the Floating Theater area. The Stage Director is to the right of the stage itself. This is a genuinely strong opponent, with 7/10 marks, so try to be at least at level 40.
Now, when I fought the Stage Director, I used Ochette. So I can’t speak to all the weaknesses, as Provoke limits you to monster usage. However, this opponent is susceptible to sword, dagger, and wind attacks.
Once you finish the encounter, it gets really fun! Because of your challenge, there are different ways the story can go. I recommend saving before you finish this quest. The character who completed it becomes the star of their own “play.” With my Ochette one, she ended up being a “maiden of mystery” trying to find her parents that happened upon a new threat to her well being. Akala even factored into the performance.
Once the show is done, you get 4,500 leaves and a Physical Belt for finishing “Stage Actors” in Octopath Traveler 2.
Octopath Traveler 2 is available for the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC. A demo is available.