Stagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques

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(Limelight). How do you go about creating a character fully and in compelling detail? How do you rehearse? Exactly what goes on during a performance? Everything you need to know as an actor about the process of bringing a play to life in today's theatre can be found in Stagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques . Included is complete information on the foundations of the actor's art: vocal technique, right down to grammar, punctuation, and stress patterns; movement technique, so you can create the character physically; and rehearsal

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Overview

(Limelight). How do you go about creating a character fully and in compelling detail? How do you rehearse? Exactly what goes on during a performance? Everything you need to know as an actor about the process of bringing a play to life in today's theatre can be found in Stagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques . Included is complete information on the foundations of the actor's art: vocal technique, right down to grammar, punctuation, and stress patterns; movement technique, so you can create the character physically; and rehearsal and performance techniques. There is even a detailed section on applying makeup. As Stanislavsky stressed, without this kind of external work, the internal, psychological work detailed in the companion volume, Using the Stanislavsky System , cannot be "read" or understood by the audience. In Stagecraft , Blumenfeld also details the specific techniques of performing in comedy and meeting the unique demands of musical theater. The ideas of Stanislavsky's influential successors Michael Chekhov, Yevgenyi Vakhtangov, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and many others are included as well. This volume is a must for professional and novice actors, students and teachers alike!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879103842
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,394,536
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Stagecraft: Internal and External Acting Technique xi

Acknowledgments xv

Part 1 Stagecraft and Stage Technique

Introduction: On Acting and Actor Training 3

Chapter 1 Voice and Speech; Acting with an Accent 9

Chapter 2 Reading the Script and Finding the Subtext; Technical Aspects of Language; Speaking Shakespearean Prose and Verse 33

Chapter 3 Movement and Gesture; Posture; Positioning 71

Chapter 4 Rehearsal and Performance Techniques 105

Chapter 5 Performing Comedy 143

Chapter 6 Acting in Musical Theater and Opera 161

Chapter 7 Finishing Touches: Outward Appearances, Costume, and Makeup 175

Part 2 Period Styles: The Theater as a Reflection of History, or Every Play in its Time

Introduction: Stanislavsky's Approach to Period Styles 191

Chapter 8 Ancient Greece and Rome 197

Chapter 9 The Medieval Period 211

Chapter 10 The Renaissance: Elizabethan England Willaim Shakespeare 219

Chapter 11 The Seventeenth Century in France and England: Molière William Congreve 227

Chapter 12 The Eighteenth Century: The French Revolution; the Napoleonic Era; the Dawn of the Romantic Age 239

Chapter 13 The Later Nineteenth Century: Victorian England and Beyond 255

Chapter 14 The Turn of the Twentieth Century; World War One; the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression; World War Two 277

Part 3 Some Post-Stanislavskian Approaches to Theater, Character Creation, and the Art of Acting

Introduction: Dissent and Variations 301

Chapter 15 The Russians: Vsevelod Meyerhold Yevgenyi Vakhtangov 303

Chapter 16 The Russian Émigrés Maria Ouspenskaya Richard Boleslavsky Michael Chekhov 311

Chapter 17 The Americans Stella Adler Lee Strasberg Sanford Meisner Morris Carnovsky Uta Hagen 319

Chapter 18 The Influence of Berthold Brecht Joseph Chaikin Jerzy Grotowski 331

Chapter 19 Some Notes on Contemporary Developments: Augusto Boal; Anne Bogart's Viewpoints and Tadashi Suzuki's Approach 337

An Annotated Glossary of Acting Terms 343

Selected Bibliography 359

Index of People 367

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