Building A Character / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Building a Character is one of the three volumes that make up Stanislavski’s The Acting Trilogy.
An Actor Prepares explores the inner preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full. In this volume, Sir John Gielgud said, this great director “found time to explain a thousand things that have always troubled actors and fascinated students.”
Building a Character discusses the external techniques of acting: the use of the body, movement, diction, singing, expression, and control.
Creating a Role describes the preparation that precedes actual performance, with extensive discussions of Gogol’s The Inspector General and Shakespeare’s Othello. Sir Paul Scofield called Creating a Role “immeasurably important” for the actor.
These three volumes belong on any actor’s short shelf of essential books.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Constantin Stanislavski (1863-1938), arguably the most influential director in the history of the theater, was the founder of the renowned Moscow Art Theater. A pioneer of psychological realism and improvisation on the stage, he devoted his life to developing the performance techniques now emulated throughout the world.
Table of Contents
|Note by the Translator||ix|
|1.||Toward a Physical Characterization||1|
|2.||Dressing a Character||7|
|3.||Characters and Types||19|
|4.||Making the Body Expressive||35|
|5.||Plasticity of Motion||49|
|6.||Restraint and Control||75|
|7.||Diction and Singing||87|
|8.||Intonations and Pauses||117|
|9.||Accentuation: The Expressive Word||161|
|10.||Perspective in Character Building||189|
|11.||Tempo-Rhythm in Movement||201|
|14.||Toward an Ethics for the Theatre||275|
|15.||Patterns of Accomplishment||297|
|16.||Some Conclusions on Acting||319|