Acting for the Stage - Acting for the Stage Resources Text....

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Acting for the Stage Resources Text. .. Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 6. Outside reading. .. Charles McGaw and Larry D. Clarck. Acting is Believing , 7th edition. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. 1996. Constantin Stanislavski. An Actor Prepares . Translated by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood. New York: Theatre Arts Books. 1936. 1. What is the actor's function? To turn the dramatic character developed by the playwright into a living breathing human being . Acting is "impersonating a character in a dramatic presentation before an audience." (Wilson and Goldfarb, page 102) 2. What is the difference between the actor and the character he is creating? The actor is the artist , the character is the work of art . The problem is that they inhabit the same body. According to Jeremy Kareken, a member of the Theatre Discussion List , acting is "infusing a play's character with the life of the actor; it's offering up the soul of personality." Hal Holbrook (left) has portrayed Mark Twain (right) in a one man show entitled Mark Twain Tonight! since its premiere on a Pennsylvania college campus in 1954. His first public appearence as Mark Twain was on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. He staged his one man show Off-Broadway in 1958 and on Broadway in 1966, 1977 and
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2005. He has performed on stage as Mark Twain longer than Samuel Langhorne Clemens (the real Mark Twain ). Link to a YouTube video of Hal Holbrook , as Mark Twain , exponding upon "Man, the reasoning animal" from Mark Twain Tonight! (1967). 3. What is the mechanical external approach to acting, and how does it differ from the psychological internal approach? In the external approach , the actor re-creates (without becoming emotionally involved) the external signs of the character's emotions. In the internal approach , the character grows from within the actor.The actor is personally involved with the character. 4. Who was Francois Delsarte? Francois Delsarte Francois Delsarte (1811-1871) was a French actor, opera singer, and teacher who believed that a character's emotional state could be projected to the audience through a formal set of gestures , postures , and physical attitudes . What was the "Delsarte System?" Delsarte Exercises Delsarte 's ideas on how a character's emotional state could be projected to the audience was the foundation of the Delsarte System of Expression published in 1885 by Genevieve Stebbins (1857-1914). This
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system was used during the last fifteen years of the 19th century in the actor training programs at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Emerson's School of Oratory . Although the this approach was replaced by the Stanislavski method in the 20th centry, the influence of Delsarte can still be seen in American Modern Dance
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