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A Practical Handbook for the Actor

A Practical Handbook for the Actor
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
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Author: Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previto & Scott Zigler
Introduction by: David Mamet
Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 94
Pub. Date: 1986
ISBN-10: 0394744128
ISBN-13: 9780394744124

About the Book:

An excellent "how-to" primer for actors with insight for directors. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is a long-time, well respected industry standard.

A Practical Handbook for the Actor is a simple and essential book about the craft of acting, describing a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy and director Gregory Mosher. It is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book.

There is a reason this book is used in theatre classes ranging from art schools to college campuses — it works. The lessons in A Practical Handbook for the Actor will teach actors to find the truth in the scene they are performing and to identify the specific actions in the production and why they are doing them.

What people say:

"Simple, clear and concise – just what was needed. A deeply interesting and valuable work of art." — Sidney Lumet

"This is the best book on acting written in the last twenty years." — David Mamet

"This tense and lucid handbook might be for the actor what Strunk and White's The Elements of Style is for the writer." — John Guare

"This book is wonderful. It is clear, direct and to the point, with none of the hokum that accompanies most books on the theatre, especially about acting. I learned an enormous amount." — Robert Benton

"This beautifully written book offers a clear guide to the most profound acting technique I know. Every young actor should read it, re-read it, and keep it under his pillow." — Lindsay Crouse

About the Author:

The book is co-written by six working actors: Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previto and Scott Zigler. They describe their methods and philosophies of the theatre. It is based upon a series of workshops at the Goodman Theater in Chicago by playwright David Mamet.