On Directing

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 3, 1997 - Performing Arts - 308 pages
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“A straightforward, tasteful, and articulate account of what it is to bring a play to palpitating life upon a stage” (The New York Times Book Review).

In this classic guide to directing, we are taken logically from the choice of the play right through ever aspect of its production to performances and beyond. Harold Clurman, director of such memorable productions as A Member of the Wedding and Uncle Vanya, describes the pleasures and perils of working with such celebrated playwrights and actors as Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller, Julie Harris, and Lillian Hellman. He also presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions.
  

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User Review  - Adam Hegg - Goodreads

Re-read this one to get my head in directing space. I feel like Clurman is my uncle. The prose can be considered kind in this book. It almost feels as though he is (while providing erudite instruction ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susannah Perkins - Goodreads

An extremely helpful book in my growth as an artist. His notes on characters towards the end were very illuminating. Read full review

Contents

The Directors Theatre
3
Choosing the Script
15
Reading the Script
23
Script Work with the Playwright
41
Settings
52
Casting
64
The Directors Work Script
74
Early Rehearsals
87
Directors Notes for Rocket to the Moon
179
Directors Notes for The Member of the Wedding
189
Directors Notes for The Autumn Garden
197
Directors Notes for Tiger at the Gates
206
Directors Notes for The Waltz of the Toreadors
215
Directors Notes for A Touch of the Poet
221
Directors Notes for Heartbreak House
229
Directors Notes for Incident at Vichy
242

More Rehearsals
97
Rehearsals Continue
109
n Dress Rehearsals Previews Tryouts
129
PART II
141
The System
143
The Audience 55
155
Questions and Answers
164
Directors Notes for Long Days Journey into Night
254
Directors Notes for Uncle Vanya
260
Pages from the Directors Work Script for The Waltz
269
Pages from the Directors Work Script for Tiger
281
Letter to Boris Aronson apropos of Mile Colombe
290
index
301
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