The Lee Strasberg Notes

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  • Copyright: 2/26/2010
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The Lee Strasberg Notes reproduces the original teachings of a unique voice in actor training, for the very first time. It is a stunning document in the history and ongoing practice of Strasberg's Method.Compiled and edited by Lola Cohen, the book is based on unpublished transcripts of Strasberg's own classes on acting, directing and Shakespeare. It recreates his theoretical approach, as well as the practical exercises used by his students, and brilliantly conveys his approach and personality.The book features Strasberg's teachings on:' Training and exercises' Characters and scenes' Directing and the Method' Shakespeare and Stanislavski' The theater, acting and actors.Including a Preface by Anna Strasberg and a Foreword by Martin Sheen, this illuminating book brings the reader closer to Strasberg's own methods than any other, making it a phenomenal resource for students, actors, and directors.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Note fromp. xvii
Note fromp. xviii
Forewordp. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
Introductionp. xxv
Training and exercisesp. 1
Lee Strasberg on trainingp. 1
Lee Strasberg on relaxation and concentrationp. 5
Lee Strasberg on habits and conditioningp. 6
Relaxation exercisep. 7
Relaxing in the chairp. 7
Releasing tensionp. 8
Use of soundp. 11
Abstract or additional movementp. 12
Sense memory exercisesp. 13
Lee Strasberg on sense memoryp. 14
Sequence of sense memory exercisesp. 16
Breakfast drinkp. 17
Mirror/make-up or shavingp. 17
Three pieces of materialp. 18
Putting on and taking off shoes and socks or stockingsp. 19
Sunshinep. 19
Sharp painp. 20
Sharp taste and sharp smellp. 20
Overall sensationsp. 21
Personal objectsp. 22
Combinations of exercisesp. 23
Private moment exercisep. 24
Emotional memory exercisep. 26
Lee Strasberg on emotional memoryp. 26
Choosing the experience or eventp. 29
Performing the exercisep. 31
The distinction between sense memory and emotional memoryp. 33
Animal exercisep. 34
Song and dance exercisep. 36
Songp. 37
Dancep. 39
Movement with sound exercisep. 39
Voice exercisesp. 39
Voice exercise 1p. 41
Voice exercise 2p. 41
Voice exercise 3p. 41
Characters and scenesp. 43
Creating the characterp. 43
Given circumstancesp. 45
Creating imaginary realities with sense and emotional memoryp. 45
Words and linesp. 47
Anticipationp. 51
Speaking outp. 51
Improvisationp. 52
The problem of repetitionp. 55
Working with the directorp. 56
Scene critiquesp. 59
Directing and the Methodp. 81
Introductionp. 81
Achieving your visionp. 83
Working with the actorp. 86
Castingp. 91
The setp. 96
Lightingp. 103
Musicp. 104
The process of rehearsalp. 107
Reading rehearsalsp. 109
Blocking and memorizing linesp. 111
Line rehearsals and run throughsp. 112
Dress rehearsalp. 112
Opening nightsp. 113
Group/mass scenesp. 113
Directors' work with amateur actorsp. 114
Directors' work with playwrightsp. 116
Directing in the cinemap. 118
Lee Strasberg on great directorsp. 118
Eugene Vakhtangovp. 118
Vsevolod Meyerholdp. 121
David Belascop. 122
Lee Strasberg on film directorsp. 123
Avant-garde directorsp. 125
Directing dancep. 127
Books on directingp. 128
Lee Strasberg on Shakespeare and Stanislavskip. 137
Shakespearep. 137
Stanislavskip. 144
Lee Strasberg on the theater, acting, and actorsp. 157
The origin of the Methodp. 157
Historical controversy over Method actingp. 158
The origin of the Method in American theaterp. 159
Edmund Keanp. 160
William Macreadyp. 160
Edwin Boothp. 160
Henry Irvingp. 161
The Italians: Tommaso Salvini and Giovanni Grassop. 161
Eleanora Duse and Sarah Bernhardtp. 163
Anton Chekhovp. 165
Michael Chekhovp. 166
Emil Janningsp. 167
John Barrymorep. 167
Louise Brooksp. 168
Paul Munip. 168
Bertolt Brechtp. 169
Kim Stanleyp. 170
Patricia Nealp. 170
Recognition of talent in the theaterp. 171
Poetryp. 173
Acting: cinema vs stagep. 174
Courage in the theaterp. 175
Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute recommended reading on theaterp. 185
Indexp. 191
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