An Actor Prepares

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A&C Black, Oct 14, 2013 - Performing Arts - 280 pages
An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers. This translation was the first to introduce Stanislavski's 'system' to the English speaking world and has stood the test of time in acting classes to this day. Stanislavski here deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full. He introduces the concepts of the 'magic if' units and objectives, of emotion memory, of the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids. Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth, this is an essential read for actors, directors and anyone interested in the art of drama.

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Chapter 1 The First Test
Chapter 2 When Acting is an Art
Chapter 3 Action
Chapter 4 Imagination
Chapter 5 Concentration of Attention
Chapter 6 Relaxation of Muscles
Chapter 7 Units and Objectives
Chapter 8 Faith and a Sense of Truth
Chapter 10 Communion
Chapter 11 Adaptation
Chapter 12 Inner Motive Forces
Chapter 13 The Unbroken Line
Chapter 14 The Inner Creative State
Chapter 15 The SuperObjective
Chapter 16 On the Threshold of the Subconscious

Chapter 9 Emotion Memory

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About the author (2013)

Konstantin Stanislavski (1863-1938) was a Russian director who sought 'inner realism' by insisting that his actors find the truth within themselves and 'become' the characters they portrayed. His work brought international fame to the Moscow Art Theatre, which he had co-founded with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko in 1897. During his early years at the Moscow Art Theatre, he directed the first productions of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1899), Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904) as well as a series of celebrated versions of Shakespeare. Stanislavski toured America with the company in 1923. After World War II, the US edition of Stanislavski's treatise An Actor Prepares (1926) became a bible of the Method school of acting.

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