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Acting is Believing (tenth edition) by Charles McGaw, Kenneth L. Stilson, Larry D. Clark

By Charles McGaw, Kenneth L. Stilson, Larry D. Clark

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Several influential approaches to actor training were developed by such modern pioneers as Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Joseph Chaikin, and Arthur Lessac, great innovators who were oriented to physical training as a means of developing the actor’s total instrument. Literally hundreds of teachers and “systems” have sprung from the work of one or another of these individuals, some of brief duration and others that have made genuine contributions to actor training throughout the world. ” Practically, body training is designed to accomplish two basic, closely related objectives: proper body alignment and freedom from excess muscle tension.

You Discovering Physical Actions 39 Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri-Columbia. 1 Kevin Babbitt performing in his own one-person show, Being Frank. Directed by M. Heather Carver. Never embark on an acting assignment until you have thoroughly investigated the four Ws. have no choice, of course, but to play her with your own body, your own voice. You must use your own past experiences and imagination to deliver appropriate live responses. It follows, then, that in seeking to discover the physical life of young Juliet, you must always find a logical sequence of actions you can understand, that you can believe are necessary.

Internal logic will prevail as you increase your empathy with the character. Finally, it is realistic to expect that today’s actor may have to decide whether playing a character in the nude is artistically justified. For example, the nudity found in Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time, set within the confines of a Nazi concentration camp, is completely substantiated. Mrs. Kendall’s intimate removal of her top for the benefit of John Merrick (the Elephant Man) is artistically justifiable. David Storey’s The Changing Room takes place in the locker room of an English rugby team.

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