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The Actor in You

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780205479801

ISBN10:
0205479804
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

The Actor in You serves as an introduction to beginning acting by helping students realize that they already possess the basic skills of an actor.This text enhances the studentrs"s appreciation of the art of acting by helping them realize that they already possess, in principle, the following skills: the ability to play a role, the ability to fulfill the sense of drama and to structure dramatic scenes, and the capacity to express emotion. Without losing its simplicity, directness, and enjoyable writing style, this revised and enlarged edition has benefited from helpful suggestions by teachers who have used it successfully in the classroom. Drawing exercises and examples from studentsrs" everyday lives and from well-known films and television programs, Benedetti succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to everyday life for artistic purpose. Still organized in sixteen steps meant to correspond to the weeks of a typical semester or school year, The Actor in You provides a direct, concise presentation and explanation of fundamentals for beginning students.Features Includes both individual and group exercises throughout to help students realize and experience the basic skills of acting. Provides balanced coverage of acting for both stage and camera by drawing on principles from film and television and extending them to the stage. Advocates an appreciation of a variety of styles, techniques, and approaches. Includes practical and helpful exercises at the conclusion of each chapter. Fits any liberal arts education program with its clarity, accessibility, and synthesis of current acting theories. Uses well-organized, clear, and concise writing to make it very user-friendly. About the AuthorA multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer and distinguished teacher of acting, Robert Benedetti received his PhD from Northwestern University. He was an early member of Chicagors"s Second City Theatre, and then taught acting for over thirty years at schools such as Carnegie-Mellon University, The National Theatre School of Canada, and the University of California. He has directed at many regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre and the Melbourne Theatre Company, and at various Shakespeare festivals. As President of Ted Dansonrs"s Anasazi Productions, he won Emmys for producing Miss Eversrs" Boys and A Lesson Before Dying for HBO. Benedetti has written six books on acting and film production, including THE ACTOR AT WORK and ACTION! Acting for Film and Television. He was Chairman of Theatre at York University in Toronto, Head of Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He is now on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Most recently Professor Benedetti was honored with the Lifetime Career Achievement Award for 2005 from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.Praise for The Actor in YouMr. Benedettirs"s text is concise and inspiring. Students will see it as an invaluable guide second only to their instructor. - Kimberly M. Chin, Bakersfield CollegeThe writing style is clear and to the point. Many acting textshellip;inundate the reader with anecdotes. My students like the fact that Benedetti gets to the point quickly and has practical exercises at the end of each chapter. - Bob Wagner,

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
About the Author xv
PART I Understanding Acting 1(30)
WHY STUDY ACTING?
1(2)
STEP ONE What Does an Actor Do?
3(6)
ACTING IN EVERYDAY LIFE
4(1)
THE TRADITION OF THE ACTOR
5(2)
GETTING INTO THE TRADITION
7(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 1
8(1)
STEP TWO Action in Life and in Performance
9(5)
ACTION IN EVERYDAY LIFE
10(2)
ACTION AND DRAMA
12(1)
BELIEVABILITY IN LIFE AND IN PERFORMANCE
12(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 2
13(1)
STEP THREE Internal and External Action
14(6)
INTERACTIONS
17(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 3
18(2)
STEP FOUR Understanding Emotion and Character
20(5)
EMOTION
20(1)
CHARACTER AND THE MAGIC IF
21(2)
THE ACTOR IN YOU
23(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 4
23(2)
STEP FIVE The Actor's State of Mind
25(3)
PUBLIC SOLITUDE
25(1)
DUAL CONSCIOUSNESS
26(1)
INDICATING
27(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 5
28(1)
SUMMARY OF PART I
28(3)
PART II Preparing Yourself to Act 31(20)
THE CREATIVE STATE
31(2)
STEP SIX Relaxation and Centering
33(6)
RELAXATION
34(2)
FINDING CENTER
36(2)
SUMMARY OF STEP 6
38(1)
STEP SEVEN Breathing, Sounding, and Moving from Center
39(5)
YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO GRAVITY
40(1)
THE CYCLE OF ENERGY
41(2)
SUMMARY OF STEP 7
43(1)
STEP EIGHT Creating Together
44(6)
CREATING A SCENE
48(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 8
49(1)
SUMMARY OF PART II
50(1)
PART III Preparing to Rehearse: Analyzing the Script 51(22)
DISCIPLINE
51(1)
THE PURPOSE OF ANALYSIS
52(1)
SAMPLE SCENES
52(1)
A SCENE OF YOUR OWN
53(2)
STEP NINE Dramatic Function
55(6)
THE FUNCTION OF SUPPORTING CHARACTERS AND INDIVIDUAL SCENES
56(2)
FUNCTION AND RECOGNITION TRAITS
58(2)
SUMMARY OF STEP 9
60(1)
STEP TEN Play and Scene Structure
61(6)
FINDING THE CRISIS
63(1)
UNITS AND LEVELS OF ACTION
64(2)
SUMMARY OF STEP 10
66(1)
STEP ELEVEN The Given Circumstances
67(5)
WHO
67(1)
WHERE
68(1)
WHEN
69(1)
WHAT
70(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 11
71(1)
SUMMARY OF PART III
72(1)
PART IV Rehearsal 73(34)
GETTING AND GIVING NOTES
73(2)
STEP TWELVE Personalization
75(5)
EMOTIONAL RECALL AND SUBSTITUTION
77(2)
SUMMARY OF STEP 12
79(1)
STEP THIRTEEN Inner Action
80(8)
THE STIMULUS
81(2)
AUTOMATIC AND SPONTANEOUS ACTIONS
83(1)
CHOICE
84(1)
THE INNER MONOLOGUE
85(2)
SUMMARY OF STEP 13
87(1)
STEP FOURTEEN Actions and Objectives
88(6)
DEFINING USEFUL OBJECTIVES
88(1)
PLAYABLE ACTIONS
89(1)
DIRECT AND INDIRECT ACTION: SUBTEXT
90(1)
NOT DOING
91(1)
OBSTACLES AND COUNTER-ACTIONS
92(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 14
93(1)
STEP FIFTEEN Scenario, Score, Through-Line and Superobjective
94(7)
THE SCORE
96(1)
THROUGH-LINE AND SUPEROBJECTIVE
96(2)
PERSONALIZING THE SUPEROBJECTIVE
98(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 15
99(2)
STEP SIXTEEN Final Rehearsals and Performance
101(5)
BLOCKING
101(2)
SHAPING AND PACING
103(1)
SPONTANEITY
103(1)
EMOTION IN PERFORMANCE
104(1)
EVALUATING YOUR WORK
105(1)
SUMMARY OF STEP 16
106(1)
SUMMARY OF PART IV
106(1)
AFTERWORD Your Sense of Purpose 107(2)
APPENDIX A Sample Scenes 109(10)
SCENE 1: FROM THE GLASS MENAGERIE BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
109(2)
SCENE 2: FROM A RAISIN IN THE SUN BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY
111(3)
SCENE 3: FROM ZOOT SUIT BY LUIS VALDEZ
114(2)
SCENE 4: FROM CHEERS BY TOM REEDER
116(3)
APPENDIX B Suggested Plays and Anthologies 119(6)
PLAYS
119(3)
PLAY AND SCENE ANTHOLOGIES
122(1)
ANTHOLOGIES FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR
123(2)
Glossary of Theater and Film Terminology 125(12)
Index 137


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