Director's Companion

ISBN-10: 0155031031
ISBN-13: 9780155031036
Edition: 1998
Authors: Mel Shapiro
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Book details

List price: $95.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/19/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.30" wide x 7.90" long x 0.40" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Characterized by its compact form and readable style, THE DIRECTOR'S COMPANION pays particular attention to the language of a play and the importance of the director's dialogue. A director cannot direct successfully without a firm grasp of the author's intent.

Mel Shapiro is a director, playwright, and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.. His directing credits include Broadway production of Two Gentleman of Verona (winner of a Tony and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical) original off-Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves (winner of the NY Drama Critics Award for Best American Play), and Vaclav Havel's The Increased Difficulty of Concentration for Lincoln Center Repertory (winner of an Obie for Best Foreign Play). His recent work includes direction of John Guare's Marco Polo Sings a Solo at the Signature Theater and Taming of the Shrew for the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Introduction
The Director as Storyteller
Instincts and Story Telling
Sustaining Dramatic Tension and Guidelines on Critiquing
Extending our Story Range and Finding Visual Images
The Director as Interpreter
Reading the Text
Language
The Director as Collaborator
The Team
Working With Actors
The Director as Stager
Groundplans
Staging
Staging (continued)
Concepts
A Symposium

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