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Shakespeare knew more than any other playwright about the art of acting and the art of theater; practitioners affirm this. While he created superhuman characters and set them in situations that stretch the imagination to its limits, he also provided his actors with the keys to playing them. A Shakespearean Actor Prepares reveals these keys.

There is no general consensus about how Shakespeare "should" be played: There are no rules. This book is not concerned with arriving, but with setting out. It will point out the sources of energy in his plays, which, if tapped, will galvanize an actor's fantasy and liberate his talent.

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"Keep a good tongue in your head." So writes Shakespeare in The Tempest, but as many an actor can attest, performing Shakespeare requires a great deal more than the capable delivery of lines. A Shakespearean Actor Prepares is an indispensable guide for navigating the Shakepearean terrain of forest nymphs, cross-dressing castaways, traitorous statesmen, and the like. The key, according to authors Adrian Brine and Michael York, is to seize upon the guidance provided by the Bard himself within each work.
Library Journal
For centuries, actors have known what the American hoi polloi, through the efforts of Kenneth Branagh, films like Shakespeare in Love, and eminent critic Harold Bloom's Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (LJ 10/1/98), is now acknowledging: Shakespeare is cool. The venerable dramatic publisher Smith & Kraus, of course, has known this for years and contributes to their fine stable of theatrical thoroughbreds with a fine work from esteemed actor York and European actor, director, and teacher Brine. Geared to actors studying and performing Shakespeare, the instructional and conversational text is also appropriate for nonactor Shakespearean fans. Both Brine and York smoothly blend together their considerable experience and expertise through practical commentaries on language, verse, and soliloquies and an intriguing chapter on Stanislavsky, from whose seminal acting text, An Actor Prepares, the title is taken. Appendixes include a brief "Who's Who" and a Shakespearean biography, chronology of plays, and reading list. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Rod Steiger
The book helps to clear some of the confusion and mysticism about Shakespeare for the actor. It points the way to Practicality.
Derek Jacobi
You have done a fine job describing the intricate difficulties of the language and showing how to overcom them; any constuctive, balanced, and well-researched guide such as yours is of great value.
Edward Wilson
This book will enthuse actors of all ages with the power of Shakespearean language and how to make it work in practice. An excellent addition to the actor's armoury. (Edward Wilson, Director National Youth Theatre)
Michael Curry
This is a first rate book- destined to become a classic textbook and reference tool for the aspiring actor as well as the seasoned professional. Anyone interested in deciphering the intricacies of the plays and discovering the inner depths of the Bard's workes should read this book again and again! (Michael Curry, Director Hampton Arts)
Michael York and Adrian Brine have written a landmark text, not only for actors but for all those who love Shakespeare.(Dr. Samuel Hazo, Director International Poetry Forum)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575251899
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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