Uta Hagen Respect for Acting

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"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen'scredo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimatecommunion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exactingstandards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation ofthe means to the end."
--Publishers Weekly

"Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vividdicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal andprofessional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is hertruly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display awealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing ascene for presentation."
--Library Journal

"Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book.But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much ascan 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 canprofit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in thetheater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor."
--King Features Syndicate

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"Uta Hagen wanted us never to settle, period, to keep on endlesslyexploring, digging deeper, and aiming higher in our scenes, in ourplays, in our careers. Respect for Acting is not a long book, andwith any luck, it will take you the rest of your life to readit."
David Hyde Pierce (from the Foreword)

Legendary actress and teacher Uta Hagen knew that an actor'sfinest work was often achieved for love rather than for money. Shelived this philosophy alongside her husband, Herbert Berghof, at HBStudio, their acting school in New York. It was there that theycreated a workplace and spiritual home for actors such as RobertDeNiro, Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, and Bette Midler.

Respect for Acting is Hagen's blueprint for the actor,her design for "enlightened stage acting." This classic book hashelped generations of actors hone their craft, and its advice is asuseful now as it was when it was first published. Hagen draws onher own struggle with the techniques of acting as well as herdecades of teaching experience to break down the areas in whichactors can work and search for realities in themselves that servethe character and the play. This approach helps actors to bespecific in their actions in order to communicate an artisticstatement. Hagen's instructions and examples also guide theaspiring actor through practical problems such as "How do I talk tothe audience?" and "How do I stay fresh in a long run?"

Part One, "The Actor," deals with the actor's concept ofhim or herself, as well as techniques that set an actor in motionphysically, verbally, and emotionally.

Part Two, "The Object Exercises," offers specific anddetailed work for the actor, covering a broad range of problems andcircumstances, from making an entrance to using the FourthWall.

Part Three, "The Play and the Role," covers how toapproach the play and identify with the character the actor willundertake. It also shares practical thoughts and answers thequestions young actors ask most.

Uta Hagen's influence endures in many of today's most compellingstage and screen performances. Informative and inspiring,Respect for Acting will bring her timeless techniques toactors and audiences for years to come.

About the Author:

Uta Hagen was the recipient of innumerable honors and awardsduring her long career, including the prestigious National Medal ofArts in 2003. She died in 2004 at the age of 84.

HASKEL FRANKEL was the drama critic of the NationalObserver.

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