Notes on Directing

Notes on Directing

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by Frank Hauser, Russell Reich
     
 

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130 tips on how to tell a story, how to translate the page to the stage (or screen), and how talk to actors. Endorsed by a veritable who¹s who of film and theater, this book is of immense value to actors, playwrights, students, and teachers. Many critics have compared it to the classic Strunk & White writing guide, Elements of Style, and are also calling this… See more details below

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130 tips on how to tell a story, how to translate the page to the stage (or screen), and how talk to actors. Endorsed by a veritable who¹s who of film and theater, this book is of immense value to actors, playwrights, students, and teachers. Many critics have compared it to the classic Strunk & White writing guide, Elements of Style, and are also calling this supremely practical book "provocative," "lucid," and "indispensable." Includes four appendices, an original acting exercise, a recommended reading list, and an index.

Editorial Reviews

CHOICE magazine
The most sensible and practical work on directing on the bookshelf. One cannot help but ask, 'Why didn't I think of that?' or 'Where was this book when I started my career?' This book has such wonderful insights it will benefit anyone interested in directing or play going in general. Summing up: Essential."
AMERICAN THEATRE magazine
Sophisticated... terrific... full of surprising interests and quirky delights... like sitting down for sherry with a slightly dotty, rather wicked and very droll Oxford don.
THEATREMANIA
provocative...witty...refreshing. The authors are erudite but never pretentious; their shared point of view is supremely humane; their prose has a lucidity, even elegance, that is unknown among contemporary American how-to books.
Library Journal
In the late 1980s, Hauser, former director of the Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, U.K., gave his original "notes on directing" to then-apprentice Reich, now a writer and creative director. This volume collects Hauser's wisdom and experience and is supplemented by Reich's observations of Hauser at work. Sprinkled throughout are highly useful bits of advice from some of the greatest playwrights, directors, and actors of the 20th century, including Alec Guiness, Richard Burton, and Kevin Spacey. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking look at the directing process "intended to be used not simply as a `how to,' but as a tool." Read straight through, it roughly follows the rehearsal process, "addressing a director's concerns in the general order they are likely to arise." The notes are numbered, and some provide cross references, allowing the reader to pursue a theme from point to point within the process. An index provides references to specific concerns, and appendixes include exercises for actors and an annotated list of suggested readings. Equally insightful for directors and actors, whether experienced or novice, this slim volume is essential for all performing arts/theater collections-and it's endorsed by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972425506
Publisher:
RCR Creative Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Notes On Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
513,720
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Shamelessly dogmatic and practical, this book offers the serious, time-tested elements of craft that are readily applied yet too often neglected. It's bold, audacious and refreshing. Don't go to rehearsal without it.
Director
Edward Albee
This book is so sensible, so straightforward, so complete, and so right, that some might think it was not serious. They would be wrong.
Playwright
Sir Ian McKellen
Hauser's wise and pithy observations on acting and rehearsing don't age, reminding me how much I have learned from him.
Judi Dench
This book is a gem witty and full of insight. It should be compulsory reading for every aspiring direct.
Dame

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