AN ACTORS WORK NOTES 4-6

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AN ACTORS WORK NOTES Chapter Four – Imagination The actors task is to transform the story of the play into theatrical fact. (60) “Imagination creates what is, what exists, what we know, but fantasy creates what isn’t what we don’t know, what never was and never will be. But perhaps it could be.” (61) Our imagination tells us everything that the author, director, and others have not. We need our imagination at every point of our artistic lives. (62) Develop an imagination, or leave theater. (63) Imagined thoughts are not helpful if they are passive ones. The actor must always have active imagined thoughts. By believing in the given ideas and asking ‘what would I do first in the given conditions?’ you will automatically get your imagination working. (67) An actors work doesn’t consist only of using their imagination, but also in the physical expression of what they have imagined. (67) Tortsov has the kids perform an improvisation of a plane crash, in which they need to fix the engine. The kids start to believe in the circumstances and their imagination gives life to the world that was given to them. (69) Doing research will enable you to believe in things that you could only speculate about. You can imagine a trip to spain once you have looked at pictures, read about it. The more you know about Spain the stronger your foundation for imagining will be. (71) “We need, more than ever, ways to draw the world of fable and the world of fact closer together.” You will not find material in the real world for saving a princess in another galaxy. (72) Sequence and logic are important, because they bring the impossible and the probably together. When creating the fabulous and the fantastical, be logical and orderly. (72) “We need an unbroken line of not plain, simple given circumstances, but ones that we
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