The Actor's Wheel of Connections

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This exciting new book by Richard Brestoff is a breakthrough. It will change the way in which acting is discussed and taught in the future. Simply put, Richard Brestoff's The Actor's Wheel of Connection puts together the craft of acting for the actor.You'll experience no more conflict between inner and outer technique; no more conflict between personal truth and character; no more barrier between actor and audience. Using exercises and a unique troubleshooting section after each chapter, The Actor's Wheel of ...
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Overview

This exciting new book by Richard Brestoff is a breakthrough. It will change the way in which acting is discussed and taught in the future. Simply put, Richard Brestoff's The Actor's Wheel of Connection puts together the craft of acting for the actor.You'll experience no more conflict between inner and outer technique; no more conflict between personal truth and character; no more barrier between actor and audience. Using exercises and a unique troubleshooting section after each chapter, The Actor's Wheel of Connection offers a complete, comprehensive, and graspable new approach to acting that includes the entire chain of performance-from personal truth to audience reception. Based on Stanislavsky but applicable to all styles, the actor's wheel is made up of six interconnected spokes. They are:
·  connection to self
·  connection to others
·  connection to circumstances
·  connection to text
·  connection to character
·  connection to audience Each spoke is discussed in detail with new examinations of personalization, objectives, strategies, transitions, character, and that taboo subject, the audience. But though each spoke is looked at separately, the wisdom of the book lies in the knowledge that the wheel must be set in motion-that is when the spokes disappear, as they must in all great acting. Brestoff illustrates his points with brilliantly chosen examples from films and plays and with insights from Robert Lewis, Elia Kazan, Evgeny Vakhtangov, T.S. Eliot, Kevin Kline, and even Lance Armstrong and Sir Isaac Newton! Fresh and wise, this book is a must for actors and teachers alike.This book shows the actor how to put it all together, from connection between the actors, through circumstance, text, and character into the soul of an audience.
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Editorial Reviews

Jackie Apodaca
"...Fortunately actor and teacher Richard Brestoff succeeds in reformulating a wide array of acting techniques into a concise guide. He presents his teachings metaphorically as spokes in a wheel, each spoke supporting the whole. Brestoff draws on the teachings of the great acting teachers-such as Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, Grotowski, and Stanislavsky-in shaping and explaining his methods. Although probably not appropriate for beginners, his wheel will appeal to actors grappling with disparate techniques. ...It's almost impossible to work on acting unless you are, well, acting. That said, Brestoff clearly knows his medium, and his "wheel" presentation may help some actors put the pieces together."
BackStage
Stephen Peithman
"Richard Brestoff goes even farther, citing six connections that he describes as being like the spokes of a wheel. One spoke represents the actor's connection to himself, the second a connection to the other actor, the third is an actor's connection to the circumstances of the play, the fourth a connection to the text, the fifth is a connection to character and the sixth is the connection to the audience. As with Howey's "menu" analogy, Brestoff's image of the wheel helps unify what might otherwise be seen as separate elements in shaping a performance. The result is thoughtful and illuminating. "
Stage Directions Magazine, November 2005
Publishers Weekly
This excellent acting manual likens the craft to six spokes in a wheel, in which one spoke represents the actor's connection to himself, the second a connection to the other, the third an actor's connection to circumstances, the fourth a connection to the text, the fifth a connection to character and the last a connection to the audience. Acting teacher Brestoff (The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods) embellishes each of these categories with practical, helpful lists and exercises. When discussing the connection to self, Brestoff stresses the need to reveal ourselves honestly, indicating that no behavior is foreign to us, and that the "sublime and the ugly"-from Gandhi to Hitler-can be tapped. In "Connecting to Other," he underlines the importance of working without preconceived ideas and not censoring first impulses. Also notable are Brestoff's suggestions about characterization and the need to observe people, to watch them eat, read, walk and talk, to see what they wear and how they stand. The author concludes with a heartening message to actors, reassuring them that what they bring to a performance is unique, and that their contributions matter. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575253916
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Career Development Ser.
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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