Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook

Overview

There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. The second part of the book provides a unique practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of ...
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Overview

There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. The second part of the book provides a unique practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice. As well as offering a range of lazzi or comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues. No other book so clearly outlines the specific culture of Commedia or provides such a practical guide to its techniques. This immensely timely and useful handbook will be an essential purchase for all actors, students, and teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415047708
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 945,716
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. I The commedia dell'arte
Origins 13
The mask 34
Playing Commedia 48
Pt. II The stock characters
The zanni 67
The old men 91
The Lovers 106
II Capitano 119
Colombina 127
Other Masks 134
Pedrolino 134
Pulcinella 138
Scapino 147
Scaramuccia 151
Tartaglia 154
Minor Masks 157
Pt. III The twentieth century
Craig at the Arena Goldoni 163
Meyerhold Dappertutto 167
Copeau's new improvised comedy 177
Charles Dullin: letters from the front 185
The Servant of Two Masters 191
The Lecoq school 200
Le Theatre du Soleil 203
The San Francisco Mime Troupe 211
TNT (The New Theatre) 220
Dario Fo 226
Carlo Boso and Antonio Fava 232
Restoration or renovation? 240
Appendix: Making a leather mask 249
Notes 263
A selection of works on commedia dell'arte in English 275
Index 277
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