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Respect for Acting

Respect for Acting
Your Price: $31.00 CDN
Author: Uta Hagen with Haskel Frankel
Foreword by: David Hyde Pierce
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 240
Pub. Date: 2008
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 0470228482
ISBN-13: 9780470228487

About the Book:

The classic book on acting. Respect for Acting helped generations of actors hone their craft, and its advice is as useful now as it was in 1973, when it was first published.

Legendary actress and teacher Uta Hagen knew that an actor's finest work was often achieved for love rather than for money. She lived this philosophy, alongside her husband Herbert Berghof, at HB Studio, their acting school; together they turned a handful of scruffy old buildings into a workplace and spiritual home for actors.

Respect for Acting is Hagen's blueprint for the actor, her design for enlightened stage acting. Among Hagen's distinguished students were Robert DeNiro, Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Fritz Weaver, Bette Midler, Geraldine Page and Steve McQueen. This book will continue to bring Hagen's techniques to actors and theater-lovers alike.

What people say:

"Uta Hagen wanted us to never settle, period, to keep on endlessly exploring, digging deeper, and aiming higher in our scenes, in our plays, in our careers. Respect for Acting is not a long book, and with any luck, it will take you the rest of your life to read it." — David Hyde Pierce, from the forward

"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her year's spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an an explanation of the means to the end." — Publishers Weekly

"Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation." — Library Journal

"Respect for Acting… is a relatively small book. But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft." — Los Angeles Times

"There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen." — Fritz Weaver

"This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much from it. Anyone with a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scene flavor." — King Features Syndicate

About the Authors:

Uta Hagen (1919-2004) was a German-born American actress and drama teacher. She created the classic role of Martha, in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, on Broadway in 1962, and won a Tony award for it. Two years later, she reprized the role in London, and won the critics' award. But she was a teacher too. In 1947, she co-founded the Herbert Berghof Studios in New York's Greenwich Village. With the HB Studios, she began developing and teaching acting techniques that continue to inspire generations of artists, and her Respect For Acting remains a standard text in many acting schools. Much of it is based on her belief that natural talent was only the starting point in the development of craft.

Haskel Frankel (1926-1999) was a prolific author and drama critic for publications including The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post, The Saturday Review, Show magazine and Playbill. He also helped write several works credited to prominent performers, including Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen.

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