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Overview

Stanislavsky in America explores the extraordinary legacy that Constantin Stanislavski’s system of actor-training has left on acting in the US.

Mel Gordon outlines the journey of Stanislavski’s theories through twentieth century American history, from the early US tours of the Moscow Art Theatre to the ongoing impact of 'The System' on modern American acting.

This fascinating study by a leading theatre critic and practitioner provides hundreds of original acting exercises, used by the pivotal US figures who developed his teachings, such as Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Bobby Lewis. By going back to these primary sources, Gordon cuts through the myths and misapprehensions which have built up over time.

Part memoir and part practical guide, Stanislavsky in America is an essential resource for anyone wanting to understand Stanislavski’s work and his relationship with American theatre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415496704
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mel Gordon is professor of Dramatic Art at UC Berkeley. He is author of a dozen books and ninety articles and entries on American, French, Russian, German, Italian, and Yiddish theatre and cinema. He has also directed productions in Frankfurt, Houston, New York City, Paris, and Zurich and has taught at Lee Strasberg Institute and Michael Chekhov Studio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

1 The Stanislavsky System 1

2 American Laboratory Theatre: Richard Boleslavsky and Maria Ouspenskaya 16

3 The Group Theatre 40

4 Russian Émigré Teachers 79

5 The Actors Lab in Hollywood 114

6 Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio 125

7 Stella Adler 150

8 Bobby Lewis 165

9 Sandy Meisner 176

Appendix: Studio programs 185

Selected bibliography 186

Index 189

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