The Director's Eye: A Comprehensive Textbook for Directors and Actors

The Director's Eye: A Comprehensive Textbook for Directors and Actors

by John Ahart
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1566080711

ISBN-13: 9781566080712

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited

The Director's Eye should be required reading for anyone striving to be a professional in the theatre arts. Writing in the first person from one theatre aficionado to another, Ahart generously shares insights and experiences from five decades of theatre involvement. His passion for theatre is contagious. "Theatre and life are not so easily separated after all,"

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The Director's Eye should be required reading for anyone striving to be a professional in the theatre arts. Writing in the first person from one theatre aficionado to another, Ahart generously shares insights and experiences from five decades of theatre involvement. His passion for theatre is contagious. "Theatre and life are not so easily separated after all," he writes, "not if we are trying to make them both experiences that count." This book gives would-be directors and actors a lens for viewing theatre -- and themselves -- that they will carry with them for a lifetime

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566080712
Publisher:
Meriwether Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
798,561
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: For the Educator: The View Inside1
Introduction: For Students, Teachers & Casual Readers: Using This Book7
Part 1Basics: Getting Started11
Chapter 1A Beginning: Thoughts about the Theatre and Life13
Chapter 2The Nature of the Theatre17
Chapter 3The Role of the Director: Where to Begin?22
Chapter 4Finding the Dramatic Action27
Part One Assignments Two One-Page Plays33
Part One Summary Basics: Getting Started39
Part 2Rehearsal: A Time for Experiencing41
Chapter 5Rehearsal: Entering the World of the Play43
Chapter 6Mindset: The Key to Entry48
Chapter 7Those Powerful Words54
Chapter 8These Things We Do64
Chapter 9This Incredible Place71
Chapter 10Rehearsal Rhythm75
Part Two Assignments Pinter Sketches79
Part Two Summary Rehearsal: A Time for Experiencing85
Part 3Analyzing the Script: Blueprint for Rehearsal89
Chapter 11Analysis, Discovery and Images91
Chapter 12The Rehearsal Unit98
Chapter 13Life's Rhythms and the Scoring of the Play108
Chapter 14The Concept Statement114
Part Three Assignments Scenes from Waiting for Godot119
Part Three Summary Analyzing the Script: Blueprint for Rehearsal125
Part 4Style and the Sharing of Viewpoints129
Chapter 15An Introduction to Style131
Chapter 16Style and the Creative Process135
Chapter 17The Theatre and Style140
Chapter 18Ritual and the "Holy" Theatre148
Chapter 19The Deceptive Challenges of Comedy155
Chapter 20Comedy: Nuts and Bolts160
Chapter 21Choosing Models over Labels168
Part Four Assignments Three Preliminary Exercises and Three Directing Scenes176
Part Four Summary Style and the Sharing of Viewpoints186
Part 5Working with Your Collaborators191
Chapter 22Communicating with Actors193
Chapter 23Memorization: The First of Five Golden Rings203
Chapter 24Emotion, Gestation, Boarding and Function: The Other Golden Rings210
Chapter 25Working with Playwrights, Designers and Others218
Part Five Assignments Focus on Relationships and Emotion in Directing Scenes228
Part Five Summary Working with Your Collaborators239
Part 6The Director and the Theatrical Space245
Chapter 26Theatrical Space: A Meeting Place for Actor and Audience247
Chapter 27The Director's Approach to Space256
Chapter 28Design in Space: Sharing Responsibilities262
Chapter 29Guidelines for Blocking269
Chapter 30Blocking: Lenses for Viewing277
Chapter 31Blocking: The Bigger Picture289
Part Six Assignments Directing a Chosen Scene in a Found Theatrical Space296
Part Six Summary The Director and the Theatrical Space301
Part 7The Whole Picture305
Chapter 32From Scenes to Plays307
Chapter 33Rehearsal Progression317
Chapter 34The Critic and the Director326
Chapter 35Miracles, Changes and Basics332
Part Seven Assignments The Complete Play338
Part Seven Summary The Whole Picture342
Acknowledgments345
About the Author347

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