Actor's Alchemy: Finding the Gold in the Script

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Limelight Editions, Feb 1, 2011 - Performing Arts - 194 pages
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(Book). An actor's script is both a gold mine, and the map to discovering it: if properly read, a script will reveal its riches to you. Unfortunately, most actors never learn to efficiently read the map, or master how to convert what they find in a script into playable gold. Why? Because this aspect of the acting process is seldom taught in a simple and tangible way in the classroom or studio. Acting can and should be more than guesswork and instinct. Actor's Alchemy: Finding the Gold in Your Script examines the relationship between the script and what an actor ultimately does on the stage or on screen. Here is a straightforward guide filled with useful information to help actors learn to use their scripts in a specific and analytical way to solve the problems of the scene and bring their elusive characters to life. In learning how to decipher the script, actors will be equipped to make the choices that lead to delivering a gold performance.

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Acting on the Script
Mining for Physical Action
Digging for the Story
Collecting the Story Pieces
Sifting for Character
Reading the MapScript to Gold
Following the MapConflict to Objectives
More on Objectives
Finding the Smaller Nuggets
Analysis Action and Listening for Gold
Processing the GoldA Review
Assaying the Gold
Glossary of Acting Terms Bibliography

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About the author (2011)

Bruce S. Miller is Professor Emeritus of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Arthur W. Kendall Jr., is a retired researcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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