Stage Directing: A Practical Guide

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Stage Directing: A Practical Guide demystifies the art of directing for the stage. Offering detailed advice on every aspect of the process, it explores the ways in which a carefully orchestrated performance can be made to appear fresh and spontaneous. It shows how the ties between play, performers, and audience can be strengthened, and how the strategic intervention of the director can help to produce the most polished and elegant performances. Written for all those involved in the direction of stage plays, it ...
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Stage Directing: A Practical Guide demystifies the art of directing for the stage. Offering detailed advice on every aspect of the process, it explores the ways in which a carefully orchestrated performance can be made to appear fresh and spontaneous. It shows how the ties between play, performers, and audience can be strengthened, and how the strategic intervention of the director can help to produce the most polished and elegant performances. Written for all those involved in the direction of stage plays, it is both a practical guide and an inspirational companion on the road from page to stage. Chris Baldwin is a theater director and playwright; he has directed for many theaters in Britain, Poland, Germany, and Spain. He has also taught directing and dramaturgy at various European colleges and is a former head of Drama and Theatre at King Alfred’s College, England.
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Baldwin's book is a good basic guide for the fledgling community theater director or for the neophyte student director.
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Baldwin (Devised and Collaborative Theatre: A Practical Guide) has written and directed for theaters across Europe. The emphasis here is on the "three-cornered hat" of Play, Audience, and Space and on the thorough analysis of each required for a successful production. The book itself is divided into three sections: "Before Rehearsals" (play selection, pre-production work, text preparation), "Rehearsals" (working with actors and production teams), and "The First Night and Beyond" (opening night, long runs, touring). While Baldwin is clearly addressing professional theater by including such concerns as contracts with actors and long runs of productions, the basic techniques covered would be useful to directors at all levels. Baldwin uses a variety of selections from plays and practical exercises to illustrate specific points. There is not much new here, however. Earlier publications, such as William Ball's A Sense of Direction and James and Wanda Rodgers's Play Director's Survival Kit, cover much the same material for an equal or lesser price. This is, nevertheless, a well-conceived, well-written work deserving of consideration.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ., KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861266033
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Part 1 Before Rehearsals 9
1 Choosing the Play 10
2 Finding a Producer and Project Planning 27
3 The Pre-Production Period 33
4 Preparing the Text 50
Part 2 Rehearsals 69
5 Rehearsals and Actors 70
6 Rehearsals and the Technical and Directorial Team 95
Part 3 The First Night and Beyond 111
7 The First Night 112
8 Long Runs and Touring 117
Endnote 127
Appendix An Episodic Analysis of A Doctor in Spite of Himself by Moliere (1622-73) 129
Glossary of Terms 136
Bibliography 139
Index 141
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