Mel Shapiro An Actor Performs

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An Actor Performs

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Integrating text analysis and techniques for using actor's experience and imagination to approach performance gives this first-edition text unique relevance. Equally useful to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of acting, it addresses problems common to all actors: understanding the text, finding it a viable interpretation, dealing with the language of the play, and using one's body and mind and imagination to create a fully realized performance.

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Mel Shapiro is a director, playwright, and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.. His directing credits include Broadway production of Two Gentleman of Verona (winner of a Tony and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical) original off-Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves (winner of the NY Drama Critics Award for Best American Play), and Vaclav Havel's The Increased Difficulty of Concentration for Lincoln Center Repertory (winner of an Obie for Best Foreign Play). His recent work includes direction of John Guare's Marco Polo Sings a Solo at the Signature Theater and Taming of the Shrew for the New York Shakespeare Festival.

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Part I: The Tools. 1. Autodrama. 2. Reading the Text (Objectively). 3. Language: The Music of the Play. 4. Reading the Text (Subjectively). Part II: The Process. 5. The Imaginative Process. 6. The Imaginative Process (II). Part III: The Characterization. 7. Characterization (I). 8. Characterization (II). 9. Putting It Together (I). 10. Putting It Together (II). Part IV: Extending Your Range. 11. Comedy. 12. One-Person Shows, Cabaret, Performance Art. Part V: Performing. 13. Interviews with Professional Actors.

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