At last in paperback, the brilliant primer on directing for film and theater that Dame Judi Dench calls "a gemwitty and full of insight."
Five years ago, Frank Hauser, a retired director, and Russell Reich, his former student, co-wrote Notes on Directing, which Reich self-published. It was immediately acclaimed as a timeless classicand is now finally available in a paperback edition.
There is true genius on these pages. Just as Strunk and White have done for composition and grammar, Hauser and Reich offer unparalleled insights into the crafts of directing and acting. They include, as well, life lessonsabout how to deal with people, anticipate problems, and handle challenging situationsthat make Notes on Directing as valuable offstage as on.
The 130 "notes" address a wide range of topics, from understanding the script to casting, rules for rehearsal, how to talk to actors, how to get a laugh, and the key elements of staging. They reveal what got the young Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and Richard Burton started on their careers, and offer rare quotes from artists as diverse as Anton Chekhov, Elia Kazan, and George Bernard Shaw. Plainly expressed, with explanatory commentary and five valuable appendices, this deceptively slim book has the impact of a privileged apprenticeship with a master director. For the student aspiring to a directing or acting career, the professional looking for new ideas, or the theater lover wanting insight into the creative process, reading Notes on Directing will be an invaluable experience.
About the Author
Frank Hauser, now deceased, formed the Meadow Players at Oxford University in 1956 and served as Director of Productions at the Oxford Playhouse for seventeen years, during which many of his productions were seen in London and New York. In 1968 he received the award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE), one of the most prestigious honors granted by the queen. Russell Reich is a creative director and lives in New York. He served as visiting artist in residence at Harvard University and artistic associate at the Circle Repertory Company in New York, and was a member of the Circle Rep Directors Lab.
Table of ContentsPreface
Notes on Notes on Directing
More Notes on Notes on Directing
Understanding the Script
The Director's Role
Talking to Actors
Getting a Laugh
Elements of Staging
Appendix I: The What Game
Appendix II: Friends & Enemies
Appendix III: Simplicity, Variety, and Clarity
Appendix IV: Meaning It
Appendix V: Recommended Reading
What People are Saying About This
Shamelessly dogmatic and practical, this book offers the serious,
time-tested elements of craft that are readily applied yet too often
neglected. It's bold, audacious and refreshing. Don't go to rehearsal
This book is so sensible, so straightforward, so complete, and so right,
that some might think it was not serious. They would be wrong.
Hauser's wise and pithy observations on acting and rehearsing don't age, reminding me how much I have learned from him.
This book is a gem witty and full of insight. It should be compulsory
reading for every aspiring direct.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews