The Actor in You Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-27
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The Actor in Youenhances the reader#x19;s appreciation of the art of acting by helping them realize that they already possess, in principle, the ability to play a role, 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 contains more material on the history of the modern actor, greater emphasis on script analysis, and revisions suggested by teachers who have used it successfully in the classroom. Drawing exercises and examples from readers#x19; everyday lives and from well-known films and television programs, Benedetti succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to the creation of stage role.

Table of Contents

The Actors Art
Understanding the Actors Job and Tradition The Tradition of the Actor Getting into the Tradition Summary of Step 1
Discovering Action Stanislavskis View of Action Making Action Stageworthy Using Action In a Scene Summary of Step 2
Experiencing Internal and External Action Interactions Summary of Step 3
Understanding Emotion and Character Character and the Magic If The Actor in You Summary of Step 4
Summary of Part One
Preparing Yourself to Act
Relaxing and Centering Relaxation Finding Center Summary of Step 5
Breathing, Sounding, and Moving from Center The Cycle of Energy Your Relationship to Gravity Phrasing Movement Summary of Step 6
Collaboration Seeing and Hearing Pursuing an Objective Summary of Step 7
Entering the Actors State of Mind Public Solitude Dual Consciousness Indicating Discipline Summary of Step 8
Summary of Part Two
Preparing to Rehearse: Analyzing the Script Selecting Your Scene Example Scenes
Understanding Your Lines Word Choice Rhythm Melody Summary of Step 9
Understanding Play and Scene Structure Finding the Crisis Units of Action Finding the Function and Crisis of the Scene Summary of Step 10
Experiencing the Characters Function and Given Circumstances Function and Recognition Traits The Given Circumstances Who Where When Summary of Step 11
Summary of Part Three
Rehearsal Getting and Giving Notes
Personalizing Emotional Recall and Substitution Summary of Step 12
Exploring Inner Action The Stimulus Automatic and Spontaneous Actions Strategic Choice The Inner Monologue Summary of Step 13
Defining Objectives and Action Defining Useful Objectives
Playable Strategic Actions
Direct and Indirect Action: Subtext Not Doing Obstacles and Counter-Actions
Summary of Step 14
15 Finding the Scenario, Score, Through-Line, and Superobjective
The Score Through-Line and Superobjective Personalizing the Superobjective
Summary of Step 15
16 Preparing for Performance The Stage Moving on Stage Blocking Shaping and Pacing Spontaneity
Emotion in Performance Evaluating Your Work
Summary of Step 16
Summary of Part Four
Afterword Your Sense of Purpose
A Sample Television Scene
Suggested Plays and Anthologies Plays
Play and Scene Anthologies Anthologies for Students of Color
Glossary of Theater and Film Terminology
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