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Movie-Star Portraits of the Forties
Movie-Star Portraits of the Forties
Paperback      ISBN: 0486235467

The Hollywood of the Forties brings many images to mind. Do you remember the most famous pinup of them all? Betty Grable smiling at you all through World War II. The original sweater girl, Lana Turner. Rita Hayworth in all her glory. The stunning and statuesque Ava Gardner. A defiant, scantily clad Jane Russell standing near the hay. Bogart, Garfield, Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland. The brooding Robert Mitchum, the brute power of Burt Lancaster, the alienated Montgomery Clift, the animal menace of Marlon Brando. And perhaps the last of the studio pinups, the fragile and beautiful Marilyn Monroe. These flesh and blood fantasies, and many others, are here -- 106 stars in 163 full-page glamour photos by 24 leading Hollywood photographers.
The pictures these photographic artists took span the period from the outbreak of World War II to the Korean conflict of 1951. As John Kobal writes in his informative introduction. The Forties were the years of Old Hollywood's last stand, though the people concerned didn't know it. In a lively introduction, illustrated by ten pictures of the stars off the set, Mr. Kobal discusses the people and films of the Forties, the importance of these photos and the photographers who took them, and their magical appeal to movie fans. The captions give the year, photographer, studio, the movies that many of the portraits are associated with, and the costume designer. Originally printed in fan magazines, on posters, and in fashion spreads, these portraits are legendary. They are part of almost everyone's past, part of their dreams and fantasies.

The Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process
The Production Notebooks
Theatre in Process
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1559361891

The second volume in the series provides an inside view of the creative process involved in the creation of 4 major theatrical productions. Each notebook offers in diary form comprehensive histories of major artistic elements that are the center of the creative process. This volume includes: In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival); The First Picture Show by David and Ain Gordon (Mark Taper Forum and American Conservatory Theatre), The Geography Project by Ralph Lemon (Yale Repertory Theatre) and Shakespeare Rapid Eye Movement, directed by Robert Lepage (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel-Munich). Each notebook is profusely illustrated with production shots and/or set and costume renderings.

Mark Bly is the Associate Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theatre.
An Actor's Dickens: Scenes for Audition and Performance from the Works of Charles Dickens
An Actor's Dickens
Scenes for Audition and Performance from the Works of Charles Dickens
Paperback      ISBN: 1557834695

(Applause Books). Beatrice Manely has selected 80 scenes from various Dickens classics, providing as well, background information, a discussion of the character's emotional temperament, and a short summary of events that lead into the selected scene. This book for the first time allows actors to play Dickens in the unmatchable original. It is a useful guide for the classroom as well as for the actor training to capture the magic of Dickens, whether in an audition, on the movie screen, or on the stage.

How to Run a Theater: A Witty, Practical, and Fun Guide to Arts Management
How to Run a Theater
A Witty, Practical, and Fun Guide to Arts Management
Hardcover      ISBN: 0823083055

Information on building audiences, tightening financing, solidifying relationships with boards, and more.

Classical Monologues: Younger Men: From Aeschylus to Bernard Shaw
Classical Monologues: Younger Men
From Aeschylus to Bernard Shaw
Paperback      ISBN: 1557835756

Sure to become a mainstay of any actor's shelf, Applause is pleased to present the first two volumes of Leon Katz's monumental monologue collection. Covering the full scope of Western Drama, from the Greeks to the 20th Century, these two volumes contain over 250 monologues from sources other than Shakespeare's plays. The works range from the famous to the little-known, covering over 2 000 years of theatrical history. Katz provides an introduction to each monologue that provides an informative and critical context for actors, directors, students and teachers, but are also of relevance to general readers. Each volume is organized into Tragedy/Drama and Comedy divisions, and the monologues are helpfully arranged by period as well as chronologically. Also, the monologues are fully footnooted afor unfamiliar references and definitions and the bibliography provides exhaustive listings of sources for all the plays from which the monologues have been drawn. Simply put, these two volumes are a must for actors, directors, teachers and students of classical theatre

Soliloquy! the Men: The Shakespeare Monologues
Soliloquy! the Men
The Shakespeare Monologues
Paperback      ISBN: 0936839783

Your one-stop classical workshop At last, over 175 of Shakespeare's finest and most performable monologues taken from all thirty-seven plays are here in two easy-to-use volumes (Men and Women). Selections travel the entire spectrum of the great dramatist's vision, from comedies, wit and romances, to tragedies, pathos and histories. Soliloquy is an excellent and comprehensive collection of Shakespeare's speeches. Not only are the monologues wide-ranging and varied, but they are superbly annotated. Each volume is prefaced by an informative and reassuring introduction, which explains the signals and signposts by which Shakespeare helps the actor on his journey through the text. It includes a very good explanation of blank verse, with excellent examples of irregularities which are specifically related to character and acting intentions. These two books are a must for any actor in search of a 'classical' audition piece.'- Elizabeth Smith, Voice Director, Juilliard

O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance
O Solo Homo
The New Queer Performance
Paperback      ISBN: 0802135706

O Solo Homo is a diverse, definitive, and hugely entertaining collection representing the cutting edge of queer solo performance. The pieces in O Solo Homo touch nerves that run deep from sex, politics, community, and health to the struggles and joys of family, friends, and lovers. Peggy Shaw, of Split Britches, revisits how she learned to be butch. The late Ron Vawter, of the Wooster Group, juxtaposes the lives of two very different men who died of AIDS: diva filmmaker Jack Smith and Nixon crony Roy Cohn. Tim Miller, one of the NEA Four, surveys the landscape of gay desire before and after the advent of AIDS. And Carmelita Tropicana, the National Songbird of Cuba, makes an unforgettable, hilarious return to Havana."

Shoptalk: Conversations About Theater and Film With Twelve Writers, One Producer and Tennesee Williams' Mother
Shoptalk
Conversations About Theater and Film With Twelve Writers, One Producer and Tennesee Williams' Mother
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557041288

Fourteen influential figures--Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Frank Gilroy, William Goldman, William Inge, Alan Jay Lerner, Mary Mercier, David Merrick, Mason Miller, John Patrick, Richard Wilbur, Edwina Dakin Williams, Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson--discuss their successes and failures. 14 b/w photos.

Let's Improvise: Becoming Creative Expressive and Spontaneous Through Drama
Let's Improvise
Becoming Creative Expressive and Spontaneous Through Drama
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1557833079

Beginning with simple sensory-awareness exercises in a relaxed atmosphere, and moving through pantomime and role playing to longer skits, Let's Improvise emphasises self-discovery through doing. Through hundreds of exercises that encourage personal and social growth you will feel free to create - to transform an ordinary idea into a celebration of life: to "try on" a variety of characters from life and literature: to take creative risks; to test and revise your thoughts, feelings, and values: to lose your inhibitions and build confidence and cooperation through teamwork - and much more.

Plays: Ivanov; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The Cherryorchard
Plays
Ivanov; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The Cherryorchard
Paperback      ISBN: 0140447334
Five masterful dramatic works from one of the world's best-loved playwrights, including The Seagull--now a major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Moss, and Annette Bening

At a time when the Russian theatre was dominated by formulaic melodramas and farces, Chekhov created a new sort of drama that laid bare the everyday lives, loves and yearnings of ordinary people. Ivanov depicts a man stifled by inactivity and lost idealism, and The Seagull contrasts a young man's selfish romanticism with the stoicism of a woman cruelly abandoned by her lover. With 'the scenes from country life' of Uncle Vanya, his first fully mature play, Chekhov developed his own unique dramatic world, neither tragedy nor comedy. In Three Sisters the Prozorov sisters endlessly dream of going to Moscow to escape the monotony of provincial life, while his comedy The Cherry Orchard portrays characters futilely clinging to the past as their land is sold from underneath them.

In this edition Peter Carson's moving translations convey Chekhov's subtle blend of comedy, tragedy and psychological insight, while Richard Gilman's introduction examines how Chekhov broke with theatrical conventions and discusses each play in detail.

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