Process An Improviser's Journey

ISBN-10: 0810124726
ISBN-13: 9780810124721
Edition: 2008
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Description: nbsp; Author, teacher, and improviser Michael Gellman was given a mission by Del Close himself: “[T]o create improvised one-act plays of literary quality from scratch.” Already steeped in the world of improvisation, he took it upon himself to do  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 12/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

nbsp; Author, teacher, and improviser Michael Gellman was given a mission by Del Close himself: “[T]o create improvised one-act plays of literary quality from scratch.” Already steeped in the world of improvisation, he took it upon himself to do this, in the form of a class for other improvisers in which they would build the skills necessary to execute such a seemingly tall order. Scruggs and Gellman’s book, modeled after Stanislavski’s timelessAn Actor Prepares, follows a fictional young actor taking Gellman’s real-life class. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Scruggs and Gellman introduce readers to Geoff, who has just moved to Chicago to pursue acting. He undergoes the standard trials of audition and rejection before he takes the advice of a fellow actor and turns to improv classes at Second City. At first, Geoff thinks improvisation is about laughs and loosening up, but he soon learns that it is a powerful tool as well as an end in itself. Through Geoff’s eyes, the book introduces readers to key tenets of improvisation: concentration, visualization, focus, object work, being in the moment, and the crucial “yes, and.” His experiences with the basics of improvisation do serve to get him a few roles, but his real breakthrough comes when he signs up for an improvised one-act class with Michael Gellman. He and his classmates arrive unprepared for the challenge, but with Gellman’s prompts and advice, they slowly move through process to performance over the course of three seasons in Chicago.nbsp; The class culminates with their final project: a completely improvised one-act play performed in front of a live audience.

Foreword
Preface
Note on the Text
Acknowledgments
An Improviser's Journey
The Audition
A New Journey
Objects, Environments, and a Trip Through the Imagination
The Trouble with Words
The Universe Within a Single Point of Concentration
Looking Out
Couch and Point of View
A Small Town Called Henry
Five-Minute Porch Plays
Here, There Be Dragons
Afterword
Appendix
Suggestions for Further Reading

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