Actors on Acting

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Since its original publication, Actors on Acting has been acknowledged as the most comprehensive and authoritative volume in the field. In this collection of essays, grouped by country and acting tradition, Toby Cole and Helen Chinoy bring together the experience of all the great practitioners of the theatre. In this rich and varied resource on developing acting technique, more than 130 actors from ancient Greece to the twentieth century share their theories. With introductory essays providing the history of the ...
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Overview

Since its original publication, Actors on Acting has been acknowledged as the most comprehensive and authoritative volume in the field. In this collection of essays, grouped by country and acting tradition, Toby Cole and Helen Chinoy bring together the experience of all the great practitioners of the theatre. In this rich and varied resource on developing acting technique, more than 130 actors from ancient Greece to the twentieth century share their theories. With introductory essays providing the history of the theatre, biographies of great performers, and a 1,000-title bibliography, Actors on Acting is certain to be the most important volume in any actor's - or anyone else's - collection of theatrical works.

The world's great actors present their theories, techniques and practices--with introductions and biographical sketches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517540480
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/13/1970
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736

Table of Contents

Introduction
I Greece: The Artists of Dionysus 3
6
On Inspiration 6
On Imitation 8
11
Passion, Speech, and Gesture 11
Management of the Voice 12
12
Why We Delight in Representation 13
Ancient Actors 14
14
The Grief of Polus 14
15
Tragic and Comic Masks 15
II Rome: Actors, Slaves, and Orators 19
21
Emotion in the Actor and Orator 21
The Pupils of Roscius 25
26
Action and Delivery 26
30
Of Pantomime 30
III The Middle Ages: The Anonymous Actor 34
37
Epitaph for Mime Vitalis 37
37
Instructions for Acting in a Trope 38
39
The Representation of Adam 39
39
Acting Regulations for the York Plays 40
From Banns of Performance at Chester 40
IV Italy: The Commedia Dell' Arte 41
44
Dialogue on Acting 45
49
Diverse Advice to Those Who Make a Profession of Playing Improvisations 50
52
What Is a Buffoon? 53
55
Introduction to Impromptu Acting 56
57
On the Art of Italian Comedians 58
59
Advice to Actors 59
V Spain: The Golden Age 64
67
The Strolling Players of Lope de Rueda by Cervantes 67
68
Of Actors and Playing 68
69
An Actor's Life 69
72
At the Commedia by Comtesse D'Aulnoy 72
An Afternoon in the Theatre by Juan De Zabaleta 73
VI England: The Elizabethan Actor 75
78
Thoughts on Acting from His Plays 79
82
To Edward Alleyn 83
An Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy, a Child of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel 83
84
A Lesson from Burbage and Kemp 84
85
An Apology for Actors 86
88
An Excellent Actor 88
89
The Eloquent Actor 89
90
The Acting of Richard Burbage by Richard Flecknoe 91
VII England: The Great Names 92
97
The Qualifications of a Player 97
102
Apology for His Life 103
113
A Brief Supplement to Colley Cibber 114
116
Dramatic Passions 117
120
The Art and Duty of an Actor 121
122
Understanding, Sensibility, and Fire 123
131
An Essay on Acting 133
Letters on Acting 136
138
Two Letters to Mr. Garrick 138
139
On the Character of Lady Macbeth 142
VIII France: Tradition and Revolt 146
153
Three Farceurs 153
154
The Impromptu at Versailles 156
158
My Opinion of Michel Baron by Elena Riccoboni 159
161
The Paradox of Acting 162
170
Reflections on Dramatic Art 171
174
A Reply to "Reflections on Dramatic Art of Clairon" 175
177
Fiction and Reality 177
178
Grandeur Without Pomp 180
187
Elements of the Delsarte System 187
190
The Dual Personality of the Actor 192
202
The Evolution of the Actor 204
209
The New Acting of the Theatre Libre 211
216
The Manifesto of the Vieux Colombier 217
Notes on the Actor 218
225
The Birth and Life of Characters 226
234
Athlete of the Heart 235
240
Comedian and Actor 241
245
Pantomime 246
Rules of Acting 249
IX Germany: From Hamburg Dramaturgy to Epic Theatre 254
261
The Hamburg Dramaturgy 262
267
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