A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this short work, noted director Strasberg (1901-1982) tells how the teachings of Stanislavsky changed his life and describes his own discoveries and techniques in the art of acting. PW designated this as ``essential reading for actors, directors and students of theater.'' Photos. (October)
Library Journal
Strasberg's posthumous memoir traces the creation of his famous ``Method,'' the most influential actor-training technique ever developed. At the beginning of his career, Strasberg embarked on a search for the sources of the actor's creativity and a means of consistently attaining emotional truth on stage. His solution, inspired by the work of Stanislavsky's Moscow Arts Theatre, was transmitted to a generation of actors at the Actor's Studio of New York. Strasberg's reminiscences are an exploration of the creative process that will reward all who are interested in the nature of inspiration. Essential for theater collections. Susan Thach Dean, Chicago P.L.
School Library Journal
YA In this excellent resource for un derstanding ``the method,'' Strasberg explains how he discovered and devel oped what has become of the most de finitive method of training actors. Easy to read, it is written in an autobiograph ical style with non-technical language. YAs will be entranced by Strasberg's experiences with famous actors and his sharing of his fears and successes. A must for high-school students and teachers of drama. Clinton Carbon, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452261983
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 255,053
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction The Beginning of My Voyage: The Search and the Discovery Stanislavsky and the Search for His System The American Laboratory Theatre The Voyage Continues: I. Discoveries at the Group Theatre The Voyage Continues: II. The Actors Studio and My Classes The Fruits of the Voyage: Procedures for the Actor's Training The Method and Nonrealistic Styles: Artaud, Grotowski, and Brecht In Conclusion

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    The only real method actors around today are Meryl Streep, Steve

    The only real method actors around today are Meryl Streep, Steve Comisar, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. All of these talented actors studied personally with the legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. The Method was devised by Strasberg from the "System" created by Constantin Stanislavsky in the early 1900's.

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