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Acting: Working in the Theatre

Acting<br> by Robert Emmet Long Acting: Working in the Theatre
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Edited by: Robert Emmet Long
Foreword by: Kate Burton
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 174
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0826418058
ISBN-13: 9780826418050

About the Book:

Acting is the first in a series of four books drawn from the rich conversations fostered by more than 30 years of the American Theatre Wing's acclaimed "Working in the Theatre" seminars.

In book form for the first time, these compact volumes are for students and for anyone with a passion for the theatre. Here are the inside, behind-the-scenes words of Alan Alda, Michael Crawford, Blythe Danner, Brian Dennehy, Joel Grey, Cherry Jones, Swoosie Kurtz, Jessica Lange, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Robert Prosky, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Stewart and many more.

Chapters in the book include First Inspirations, Training, Technique and Preparation, Auditioning, Playwright and Director, Staying Fresh, Role Models, Theatre vs. Film and Television, and Audiences.

Spanning the range of these freewheeling and well-attended panels, with a concentration on the most recent shows and current stars, the information, anecdotes, gossip (yes!), heartaches, and triumphs as Nathan Lane (The Odd Couple) describes his first impressions of a costly acting class; Patrick Stewart (The Caretaker) details an embarrassing misunderstanding with an audience member; Matthew Broderick (The Producers) shares auditioning insight from his father; Heather Headley (Aida) explains her philosophy on rejection, and Tyne Daly (Rabbit Hole) opens up on owning a character, to highlight only a fraction. All told, the thoughts and insights of more than 100 artists are included in the book.

About the Author:

Robert Emmet Long is a recognized critic of American and British literature, and a commentator on the performing arts. He is author or editor of some 30 books including Broadway, the Golden Years, profiles of the great American choreographer-directors, as well as the definitive book on the films of Merchant Ivory. He has contributed over 400 articles to many journals and magazines, including The Nation, Commonweal, and Saturday Review. He lives in Fulton, NY.

Kate Burton received Tony nominations for two shows in the 2001-2 Broadway season, Hedda Gabler and The Elephant Man, as well as a 2006 Tony nomination for the revival of The Constant Wife. Her many other stage credits include Jake's Woman, Present Laughter, Measure for Measure, Give Me Your Answer Do!, Company, The Water's Edge and Some Americans Abroad, as well as 17 summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has a recurring role on the television series Grey's Anatomy.