One on One
The Best Women's Monologues for the Nineties
Paperback ISBN: 1557831521
Over 75 monologues for women from the contemporary stage, written by these and other major dramatists: David Mamet * Paul Rudnick * Brian Friel * Steve Tesich * Harold Pinter * David Lodge * Alan Ayckbourn * Timberlake Wertenbaker * Neil Simon * John Patrick Shanley * Jane Anderson * Elizabeth Swados * Herb Gardner * Ariel Dorfman * Craig Lucas.
A Practical Guide
Paperback ISBN: 1557833044
Aimed at the beginning acting student, this book takes a commonsense approach to the craft, building on basic techniques in the first part and then going on to cover two distinct types of theater; comedy and Shakespearean verse. Kuritz introduces basic acting techniques through a series of simple exercises. the section on verse analyzes accent and rhythm with examples of dialog, while the comedy chapter lists 15 examples of comic situations, along with definitions and examples of comic figures of speech. Warm-up exercises, comic dialect guidelines, and a general stage terminology contribute to the usefulness of the book. Recommended for theater arts collections in public, high school and college libraries.
Paperback ISBN: 0571125298
The play begins with Max and Charlotte, a couple whose marriage seems about to rupture. But nothing one sees on a stage is the real thing, and some things are less real than others. Charlotte is an actress who has been appearing in a play about marriage by her husband, Henry. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. Both marriages are at the point of rupture because Henry and Annie have fallen in love. But is it the real thing? In The Real Thing, Tom Stoppard combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature--and the mystery--of love, creating a multi-toned play that challenges the mind while searching out the innermost secrets of the heart.
Three New Plays for Young Actors
From the Young Actor's Studio
Paperback ISBN: 0879109572
Kerry Muir, who brought together scenes and monologues for children in her highly successful Childsplay, here presents three complete short plays for older children and teenagers. They include: Promenade by Josh Adell, Summer by Gideon Brower, and Befriending Bertha by Kerry Muir herself. Serious, comic, and thoroughly contemporary, all of these plays were successfully performed at The Young Actor's Studio in Los Angeles.
Paperback ISBN: 087910077x
"Ginger Howard Friedman is one of the most innovative and important teachers of our time."--Jerry Orbach You got the audition. Now how do you get the part? What can you do to ensure getting a callback? And what can you do at the callback to demonstrate that you're the one for that role? In this invaluable book, veteran casting director-playwright-teacher Ginger Howard Friedman shares her trade secrets for successful auditioning. Through creative visualization techniques and exercises, she prepares you for that first, all-important cold reading, and using those same techniques, she enables you to tap into the dreams and goals of your character - and give the strongest audition you can. With her guidance, you'll learn: What tools to bring with you to a cold reading, how to prepare for a callback at your first audition, how to give your audition the energy of an opening-night performance, and how to get the part - and keep it. The author's exercises in creative visualization utilize scenes from such classic and contemporary plays as A Doll's House, Born Yesterday, Equus, The Lisbon Traviata, and Six Degrees of Separation. The techniques developed from these exercises can be used to prepare for virtually any role, whether on stage, screen or television.
The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke
Paperback ISBN: 1557833788
If there ever has been a groundbreaking edition that likewise returns the reader to the original Shakespeare text, it will be the Applause Folio Texts. If there has ever been an accessible version of the Folio, it is this edition, set for the first time in modern fonts. The Folio is the source of all other editions. The Folio text forces us to re-examine the assumptions and prejudices which have encumbered over four hundred years of scholarship and performance. Notes refer the reader to subsequent editorial interventions, and offer the reader a multiplicity of interpretations. Notes also advise the reader on variations between Folios and Quartos. The heavy mascara of four centuries of Shakespearean glossing has by now glossed over the original countenance of Shakespeare's work. Never has there been a Folio available in modern reading fonts. While other complete Folio editions continue to trade simply on the facsimile appearance of the Elizabethan "look," none of them is easily and practically utilized in general Shakespeare studies or performances.
An Actor's Handbook
An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise States on Aspects of Acting
Paperback ISBN: 0878305092
Body training, stage setting, and artistic truth are among the topics considered in this compilation of Stanislavski's techniques and theories of creative acting
The Actor and the Text
Paperback ISBN: 1557831386
These words of Cicely Berry, the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, speak to anyone who needs to speak his or her piece - in any arena, at sales meetings or religious revivals. Berry's book will insure that the speaker and the text gets heard - accurately and with true emotional range. Never again will one be accused of simply "reading a prepared statement." Berry's exercises to develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control will literally help everyone breathe easier when confronting the printed page.