The Actor in You / Edition 3

The Actor in You / Edition 3

by Robert Benedetti
ISBN-10:
0205479804
ISBN-13:
9780205479801
Pub. Date:
10/28/2005
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

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The Actor in You / Edition 3

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205479801
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Each Part and Chapter concludes with “Summary.”

Preface.

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.

Interactions

4. Understanding Emotion and Character.

Emotion

Character and the Magic If

The Actor in You

5. The Actor’s State of Mind.

Dual Consciousness

Indicating

II. PREPARING YOURSELF TO ACT.

The Creative State

6. Relaxation and Centering.

Relaxation

Finding Center

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.

Discipline

The Purpose of Analysis

Sample Scenes

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.

Who

Where

When

What

IV. REHEARSAL.

Getting and Giving Notes

12. Personalization.

Emotional Recall and Substitution

13. Inner Action.

The Stimulus

Automatic and Spontaneous Actions

Choice

The Inner Monologue

14. Actions and Objectives.

Defining Useful Objectives

Playable Actions

Direct and Indirect Action: Subtext

Not Doing

Obstacles and Counter-Actions

15. Scenario, Score, Through-Line, and Superobjective.

The Score

Through-Line and Superobjective

Personalizing the Superobjective

16. Final Rehearsals and Performance.

Blocking

Shaping and Pacing

Spontaneity

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.

Plays

Play Anthologies

Anthologies for Students of Color

Glossary.

Index.

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