Second City Almanac of Improvisation

ISBN-10: 0810118017
ISBN-13: 9780810118010
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Beginning
Viola Spolin
First Class
The Rules
Object Work, or "A Mime Is Not a Terrible Thing to Waste"
Environment
"Yes, and..." and "Explore and Heighten"
Give and Take
Where We Came From: A Very Brief History of Revue
An Improvisational Almanac
Playing the Scene
Martin
Perfect Partner
Relationship
Relationship Exercises
Transformation of Relationships
Perfect Partner Part II
Status
Living Large in the Moment
Play Is Physical
An Improvisational Almanac
The Performer inside the Scene
A Few Thoughts on Improvisation
Finding the Funny
How Do You Create Characters? or "I Do This Hilarious Guy Who Has a Funny Hat"
Three Kinds of Character
Playing at the Top of Your Intelligence
Character: Playing with Intelligence and Heart
In the Beginning . . . Making Initiations
Crossing the Line and Going Blue
Forming Opinions
Finding Scenic Point of View
Finding Your Voice
An Improvisational Almanac
Improvisation and Acting
Building a Character within an Ensemble through the Games
An Improvisational Almanac
Long Forms, Short Forms, Scenes, and Games
Improvisation: The Fine Line between Suck and Not Bad and How to Get Away from That Line and Go to Another Line Where the Options Are Better
Del Close
Del Close Games
What's Better? Long Form or Short Form?
What Is Long-Form Improvisation?
Scenic Structure 101
Don DePollo
Top Ten Performance Games of The Second City National Touring Company
Editing and Beats
An Improvisational Almanac
Creating Material
Doing It Again
Pre-Planning a Second City Scene
The Ensemble Creates a Revue
Putting Up a Traditional Second City Improv Set
Blackouts and Extended Blackouts
How to Bottle Lightning for Fun and Profit
An Improvisational Almanac
Directing
Blessed Obstacles
Running Orders
Ideal Running Order
An Improvisational Almanac
Recommended Reading
Appendix
Attributions
Contributors
Acknowledgment

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