Creating Life on Stage: A Director's Approach to Working with Actors
- Jeff Daniels
- Lanford Wilson
The theatrical magic that theatergoers experience isn't magic at all - it's hard work. Before the curtain goes up, an intense collaborative process transforms the words of a writer's script into a production that involves thousands of details, hundreds of decisions, and dozens of dedicated people. Making that collaboration a successful journey is a director's job, and in Creating Life on Stage, you'll find out how a major American director does it.
Award-winning director Marshall Mason guides you through the entire adventure: from choosing a script to pre-production preparations, through rehearsals to opening night. He shows you how sound fundamental choices and a dynamic vision can make productions at any level successful: large or small; national, regional, or local. Mason takes you inside a director's mind to see how imaginative ideas can lend thematic structure and coherence to costuming, design, music, and lighting. Then he shows how a director can take a vision and bring it to life through the actors. With hard-won wisdom, Mason describes a collaborative process that helps actors locate the impulses to action that lead to strong, truthful choices inside the world of the play.
See how a director becomes what Marshall Mason calls "a sculptor of movement." Read Creating Life on Stage and understand how an artistic vision and creative collaboration can help audience members live the play from their seats and relive it again and again in their memories.
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Review: Creating Life on Stage: A Director's Approach to Working with ActorsUser Review - Bostin - Goodreads
Love this book! Marshall has had an amazing career. HIs insights into directing and his personal stories of success and failure are a great read. This can used as a textbook, by current practitioners ... Read full review
Review: Creating Life on Stage: A Director's Approach to Working with ActorsUser Review - Arlitia Jones - Goodreads
Essential reading for anyone working in the theatre. This is not just a how to manual. Mason never lets us forget there is something at stake for all of us when we create theatre. It's a passionate approach to art, honest and very very user friendly. Read full review