The Actor in You / Edition 3 available in Paperback
The Actor in You enhances the reader’s appreciation of the art of acting by helping them realize that they already possess, in principle, the following skills: the ability to play a role, the ability to fulfill the sense of drama and to structure dramatic scenes, and the capacity to express emotion. Without losing its simplicity, directness, and enjoyable writing style, this revised and enlarged edition has benefited from helpful suggestions by teachers who have used it successfully in the classroom. Drawing exercises and examples from readers’ everyday lives and from well-known films and television programs, Benedetti succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to everyday life for artistic purpose.
|Publisher:||Allyn & Bacon, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.43(d)|
Table of Contents
Each Part and Chapter concludes with “Summary.”
I. UNDERSTANDING ACTING.
Why Study Acting?
1. What Does an Actor Do?
Acting in Everyday Life
The Tradition of the Actor
Getting into the Tradition
2. Action in Life and in Performance.
Action in Everyday Life
Action and Drama
Believability in Life and in Performance
3. Internal and External Action.
4. Understanding Emotion and Character.
Character and the Magic If
The Actor in You
5. The Actor’s State of Mind.
II. PREPARING YOURSELF TO ACT.
The Creative State
6. Relaxation and Centering.
7. Breathing, Sound, and Moving from Center.
Your Relationship to Gravity
The Cycle of Energy
8. Creating Together.
Creating a Scene
III. PREPARING TO REHEARSE: ANALYZING THE SCRIPT.
The Purpose of Analysis
A Scene of Your Own
9. Dramatic Function.
Supporting Characters and Individual Scenes
Function and Recognition Traits
10. Play and Scene Structure.
Finding the Crisis
Units and Levels of Action
11. The Given Circumstances.
Getting and Giving Notes
Emotional Recall and Substitution
13. Inner Action.
Automatic and Spontaneous Actions
The Inner Monologue
14. Actions and Objectives.
Defining Useful Objectives
Direct and Indirect Action: Subtext
Obstacles and Counter-Actions
15. Scenario, Score, Through-Line, and Superobjective.
Through-Line and Superobjective
Personalizing the Superobjective
16. Final Rehearsals and Performance.
Shaping and Pacing
Emotion in Performance
Evaluating Your Work
Afterword: Your Sense of Purpose.
Appendix A: Sample Scenes.
Scene 1: From The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Scene 2: From A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Scene 3: From Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez
Scene 4: From Cheers by Tom Reeder
Appendix B: Suggested Plays and Anthologies.
Anthologies for Students of Color