Acting: The First Six Lessons: Documents from the American Laboratory Theatre

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A key text for drama students today. These dramatic dialogues between the teacher and 'The Creature' ' an idealistic student - explore the 'craft' of acting according to one of the godfathers of method acting. The book also features Boleslavsky's lectures to The Creative Theatre and American Laboratory Theatre, as well as 'Acting with Maria Ouspenskaya', four short essays on the work of Ouspenskaya, his colleague and fellow actor trainer. This new edition is edited with a new introduction and bibliography by Rhonda Blair, author of The Actor, Image, and Action.

Author Biography

Richard Boleslavsky (1889-1937) (born Ryszard Boleslawski) was a Polish actor and director. He was a member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of its First Studio. He emigrated to New York in the 1920s and was the first teacher of the Stanislavski system of acting in the West. He went on to produce plays on Broadway and was a leading Hollywood director in the 1930s. Rhonda Blair is Professor of Theatre at Southern Methodist University, USA. She is a leading voice on the applications of cognitive science on the acting process and the author of the Actor, image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is currently the President of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Editor's introductionp. ix
Acting: The First Six Lessonsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The First Lesson: Concentrationp. 4
The Second Lesson: Memory of Emotionp. 11
The Third Lesson: Dramatic Actionp. l2
The Fourth Lesson: Characterizationp. 31
The Fifth Lesson: Observationp. 45
The Sixth Lesson: Rhythmp. 53
The ˘Creative Theatre÷ Lecturesp. 65
Introductionp. 67
What is the theatre?p. 71
What is a play?p. 74
What is the audience?p. 77
What is an actor?p. 82
What is a theatrical designer?p. 84
What is a theatrical composer?p. 88
What is a collective work in a theatre?p. 92
What is a theatrical performance?p. 97
What is a mechanical performance?p. 99
What is a creative theatrical performance?p. 101
The qualifications of a creative actorp. 103
What is the meaning of ˘Living the Part?÷p. 105
What is ˘Spiritual Concentration?÷p. 107
What is the Spiritual or Affective Memory?p. 114
How to use affective memory in preparing a partp. 117
Boleslavsky lectures from the American Laboratory Theatrep. 121
Lecture 3p. 123
Lecture 5p. 130
Lesson 6p. 137
Lecture 7p. 142
Lesson 8p. 150
Lesson 9p. 156
Lecture 10p. 164
Lecture 11p. 169
Notes on acting with Maria Ouspenskayap. 181
October 1954p. 183
November 1954p. 189
December 1954p. 195
January 1955p. 201
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