Working on the play and the role: the Stanislavsky method for analyzing the characters in a drama

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Ivan R. Dee, Jun 25, 1992 - Performing Arts - 186 pages
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In order to create a living character on the stage, the actor needs more than masterful technique. He must work on the play in a way that will enable him to understand the meaning of each of the roles in it, and the nature of the relations between these roles. Stanislavsky developed his method of working on the play and the role over many years, but because it was constantly being modified and improved, only fragments of the method were ever recorded. Now Irina and Igor Levin have systematized the method, clearly setting forth its principles and demonstrating precisely how they are put to use. Using the complete text of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and breaking it into individual "events, " they take the reader through each situation in the play, exploring the motivations and feelings of the characters. The reader emerges with a fine understanding of the play and its roles, and with a method that can be used successfully to analyze any drama.

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Part One Analyzing a Play 1 Conflicts and Actions
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About the author (1992)

Levin was born in Russia, where she worked for 13 years as an actress in repertory theaters. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1976 and has conducted an audition class in New York, taught acting courses at Catholic University, and directed a number of plays.

Levin is a mathematician and holds a PhD in computer science.

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