Acting on the Script

Acting on the Script

by Bruce Miller


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Acting on the Script by Bruce Miller

(Applause Books). Mastery of craft depends on repetition: the more opportunities student actors have to be guided through analyzing scripts, the more likely they are to develop a reliable process for making choices when the time comes to work independently. That's why Acting on the Script contains eight short plays, which can be used independently or as parts of one full-length play, giving aspiring actors the practice they need to tell the story of the play and of their characters clearly, believably, and compellingly. With each new scene, readers are given the opportunity to think through the analysis and synthesis process independently, then they are guided clearly through that process. The first section reintroduces the basic elements of acting craft. The book then lays out how these elements relate to a script in general and then more specifically by using a short play to illustrate the basic principles. The second section focuses on specific analysis and synthesis problems using original scenes especially composed to help students develop their analysis and choice-making skills and to address individual acting issues. The plays, already tested in classes and two productions (one professional and one college), are filled with the kinds of acting problems that beginning actors often have trouble with and need to learn to solve. In addition, specific problems that actors might have with certain types of material are addressed as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879108250
Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,210,185
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

preface ix

Part 1 Analysis 1

Introduction to Part One 3

Chapter 1 The Tools of the Craft 7

Chapter 2 Choices Tell the Story 25

Chapter 3 Making Good Choices 37

Chapter 4 Starting Your Detective Work 49

Chapter 5 Finding the Story through Conflict and Objectives 65

Chapter 6 Taking Control of the Script 89

Part 2 Analysis Plus Synthesis 111

Chapter 7 The Problems Inherent in the Scene and Those You Bring to It 113

Chapter 8 Scene 1: Fame and Fortune 129

Chapter 9 Scene 2: Siege of Troy 147

Chapter 10 Scene 3: Quarries 165

Chapter 11 Scene 4: Best Buy Ethics 183

Chapter 12 Scene 5: The Power of Myth 195

Chapter 13 Secne 6: Tapeworms and Memory Cards 211

Chapter 14 Secne 7: Resurrections 227

Chapter 15 Secne 8: Cast in Stone 243

Afterword 257

Acknowledgments 269

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