Acting That Matters

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Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., Sep 1, 2004 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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An invaluable resource for anyone wanting his or her acting to matter, this groundbreaking guide defies most modern acting methods by rejecting emotion as an acting tool. With the advice in this book, actors will see beyond the prevailing "objective-obstacle" approach and look primarily to the text the playwright provides. Actors learn how to dissect a text for key words and phrases, as well as how to score a script, find proper tempo and rhythm, modulate volume and intensity, use theatrical stillness effectively, find beat actions, listen to their acting partners, and much more. Expert tips are also provided for auditioning, cold reading, and taking direction.
 

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Contents

A Note Before You Begin
Why We Are Who We
Craft and Technique
Beats
Key Phrases
Defining Action
Discerning Action
Scoring Your Script
Why We Are Afraid
OTHER USEFUL STUFF
Auditioning
Cold Reading
Taking Direction
Blame and Excuses
Critics
The Acting Machine

Tempo and Rhythm
Volume and Intensity
Movement and Stillness
ACTIVATION
Plan and Process
Playing Your Action
Listening
Playing for Each Other
Emotion
A An Outline of a Technique for Effective Acting
B A Sample Monologue Score
A Sample Scene Score
Other Stuff You Should Read
Acknowledgments
Index
Focus
About the Author
Copyright

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Barry Pineo is the leader of the Austin Acting Workshop and a theater critic for the "Austin Chronicle." He lives in Round Rock, TX.

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