9780394750590

Sanford Meisner on Acting

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  • ISBN13:

    9780394750590

  • ISBN10:

    0394750594

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 7/12/1987
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

This book, written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, follows an acting class of eight men and eight women for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Throughout these pages Meisner is delight--always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of "Out of Africa" and "Tootsie," who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."--Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."--Gregory Peck

Table of Contents

Introduction
Sydney Pollack
Prologue
1. Setting the Scene: Duse's Blush
3(13)
2. Building a Foundation: The Reality of Doing
16(10)
3. The Pinch and the Ouch
26(12)
4. The Knock on the Door
38(19)
5. Beyond Repetition
57(21)
6. Preparation: "In the Harem of My Head"
78(18)
7. Improvisation
96(19)
8. More on Preparation: "Quick As Flame"
115(21)
9. The Magic As If: Particularization
136(12)
10. "Making the Part Your Own"
148(27)
11. Some Thoughts on Actors and on Acting
175(18)
12. Final Scenes: "Instead of Merely the Truth"
193
Spring Awakening
193(8)
Frank Wedekind
A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden
201(9)
Meade Roberts
Golden Boy
210(11)
Clifford Odets
The Seagull
221(6)
Anton Chekhov
Summer and Smoke (Part 1, scene 6)
227(11)
Tennessee Williams
Summer and Smoke (part 2, scene 11)
238
Tennessee Williams

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