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Actor's Art and Craft William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

ISBN-10: 030727926X
ISBN-13: 9780307279262
Edition: 2007
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Description: William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice.The Actor's Art and Craftvividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

David Mamet, November 30, 1947 - David Mamet was born on November 30, 1947 in Flossmoor, Illinois. He attended Goddard College in Vermont and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He began his career as an actor and a director, but soon turned to playwriting. He won acclaim in 1976 with three Off-Broadway plays, "The Duck Variations," "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "American Buffalo." His work became known for it's strong male characters and the description of the decline of morality in the world. In 1984, Mamet received the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for his play, "Glengarry Glen Ross." In 1981, before he received the Pulitzer, Mamet tried his hand at screenwriting. he started by adapting "The Postman Always Rings Twice," and then adapting his own "Glengarry Glen Ross" as well as writing "The Untouchables" and Wag the Dog." He also taught at Goddard College, Yale Drama School and New York University. Mamet won the Jefferson Award in 1974, the Obie Award in 1976 and 1983, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1977 and 1984, the Outer Circle Award in 1978, the Society of West End Theater Award in 1983, The Pulitzer Prize in 1984, The Dramatists Guild Hall-Warriner Award in 1984, and American Academy Award in 1986 and a Tony Award in 1987. He is considered to be one of the greatest artists in his field.

Foreword
Prologue
Bill's Class
Begin Again-Empty Your Cup
The First Exercise-Did You Hear What He Said?
Repetition Continues-Did You Really Hear What He Really Said?
Developing Concentration
How to Justify Absolutely Anything
Don't Gird Yourself to Act; Open Yourself to Receive
Objectives and Expectations: Be Careful What You Want
Action Problems: Awaken Your Inner Criminal
Scene Work: Private Conversations-Approach the Text and Pick Up Your Impulses
Farewell to Repetition: Don't Do Anything Unless Something Happens to Make You Do It
Daydreams, Fantasies, and Your Inner Life: Emotional Preparation
Relationships: I Know He's Your Brother, but Who Is He Really?
The Domestic Exercise: How Are Things at Home?
The Second Round of Scene Work: Go Deeper into the Text
Final Questions: It's a Wrap. Now Where Do We Go from Here?
Acknowledgments

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