A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel

By Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previtio, Scott Zigler, David Mamet

6 operating actors describe their tools and philosophies of the theater. All have labored with playwright David Mamet on the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

Show description

Read or Download A Practical Handbook for the Actor PDF

Similar theater books

How to Improvise a Full-Length Play: The Art of Spontaneous Theater

Overlook the script and get at the level! In easy methods to Improvise a Full-Length Play, actors, playwrights, administrators, theater-group leaders, and academics will locate every little thing they should comprehend to create comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce, with out scripts, no situations, and no preconceived characters. writer Kenn Adams provides a step by step procedure for long-form improvisation, overlaying plot constitution, storytelling, personality improvement, symbolism, and complex scene paintings.

The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

This better half is designed for readers attracted to the construction, construction and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theater. An advent surveying the ancient interval of the theater is by way of an essay contextualizing it in the tradition as a complete. Succeeding chapters learn functionality and construction, (including song, actors, stagecraft and audience), performs and playwriting and problems with category and gender.

Harold Pinter Plays 1: The Birthday Party, the Room, the Dumb Waiter, a Slight Ache, the Hothouse, a Night out, the Black and White, the Examination

This quantity comprises Harold Pinter's first six performs, together with The birthday celebration. The birthday celebration Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding residence through strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday celebration for Stanley becomes a nightmare. 'Mr Pinter's terrifying mixture of pathos and hatred fuses unforgettably into the stuff of paintings.

Extra info for A Practical Handbook for the Actor

Example text

You are legitimately willing to sacrifice, and you think that the sacrifice required of you is subjugation to the will of a teacher. But a more exacting sacrifice is required: you must follow the dictates of your common sense. It would be fine if there were many great master teachers of acting, but there are not. Most acting teachers, unfortunately, are frauds, and they rely on your complicity to survive. This not only deprives you of positive training but stifles your greatest gift as an artist: your sense of truth.

It would be fine if there were many great master teachers of acting, but there are not. Most acting teachers, unfortunately, are frauds, and they rely on your complicity to survive. This not only deprives you of positive training but stifles your greatest gift as an artist: your sense of truth. It is this sense of truth, a simplicity, and feelings of wonder and reverence—all of which you possess—that will revitalize the Theatre. How do you translate them onto the Stage? This book offers some wonderful, simple advice and suggestions.

The essential action, then, is what exists in the scene when you eliminate all ideas about what you think the author is saying the character feels at any given moment in favor of what he is trying to accomplish. The idea of Lorna dumping Moody for Joe involves all the emotional aspects of a romantic triangle, but what is essential as an end result is one person trying to get another person to take a chance. The scene definitely will have an emotional life, but one spontaneously born out of the actor’s experience of trying to accomplish something, the degree to which he succeeds or fails, and his reactions to the other person while he is trying to fulfill his action.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.14 of 5 – based on 48 votes