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Use The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde Online) for class monologues and scenes!
THR121 Fundamentals of Acting
THR221 Intermediate Acting: Biomechanics
THR321 Advanced: Method
GeoAlaska: Theatre & Film
Forums: Realism & Method, Comedy & Biomechnics
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Method for Directors?
ShowCases: 3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
prof. Anatoly Antohin Theatre UAF AK 99775 USA
SummaryIn Acting One we learn theatre theories mostly through theatre history (Acting in Style).
20th century style (Realism and After): Symbolism, Expressionism, Epic Theatre, Absurd, Ecclectic (Postmodern), i.e. so-called Non-Realistic Theatre.
* one act fest
I am thinking about writing "Recipes for Acting": after all you have the ingredients, how much, how to mix, how to cook -- and how to serve... Monologue = genre + character + situationIon: Very true, Socrates; interpretation has certainly been the most labories part of my art.Whatever your answer is, next step -- creation. We have to master two languages: dramatic text and performance text. (On dramatic structure see Playscript Analysis). Yes, actor has to know both. In Poetics Aristotle separates them under two categories: structure and texture. Or better say: how the structure expresses iself in Actor's Text -- performance.
Socrates: Then you are the interpreters of interpreters?
Interpretation, Translation, New and Origional?Time to move to another directory = Shows. Or even better -- subscribe to one of the forums and see how actors work on their roles. "3sis" list is about Method style, "12night" -- biomechanics. Sometimes I use "vtheatre" -- when the show asks for complex directorial treatment. One way or another it's your time to do the homework.
Select the show you want to start with; if biomechanics, then it's comedy acting...Socrates: I wish you would frankly tell me, Ion, what I am going to ask you: When you produce the greatest effect upon the audience in the recitation of some striking passage... are you in your right mind? Are you not carried out of yourself, and does not your soul in an ecstasy seem to be among the persons or places of which you are speaking...1Performance = many texts. Movement, voice, etc.
Now, imagine the triangle:
/\[ Vertical and horizontal hierarchy (in class): feelings and thoughts ]
Audience, Public, Spectator
Life[ you ]
You are on the top. Do you go down to reach them, or do you bring them to the top?
All ideas must be EXPRESSED (e-motions).
Genre (drama, comedy) is imposing the strict rules -- you cry or laugh (Aristotle). If public doesn't laugh, you cooked it wrong. You go back to the kitchen and do it again -- and serve it again. You do it again and again, till you crack them! If you can't do it, maybe you are in the wrong business...
Never mind the drama.
If you don't know how to make it work, you learned it wrong. ET: Anatoly, could you recommend a monologue for me?
ANATOLY: What are looking for?
Do you know what you need? Do you know yourself? You are the main part of any "acting recipes" -- nothing can be "cooked" without you in!
... Anatoly, why we have to talk about "theory" again?
Listen, kid, nothing I can direct without actors. Nothing! Because, you, actors, direct the public. Ideas without actors making them "action" are just good and great ideas, thoughts, wishes, dreams...
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