By Richard Boleslavsky, Edith J. R. Isaacs
This vintage paintings on performing is among the only a few that stands beside Stanislavsky as a must have for all performing scholars and execs. Richard Boleslavsky's performing: the 1st Six classes is a treasure-box of clever commentary concerning the paintings of performing, all wrapped up in six captivating dialogues among a instructor and a pupil. Generations of actors were enriched by way of Boleslavsky's witty and acute photo of the actor's craft. those six "lessons" -- miniature dramas approximately focus, reminiscence of emotion, dramatic motion, characterization, remark, and rhythm -- distill the problem dealing with each actor. For this reissue the textual content has been totally reset and the ebook jacketed in a modern layout. a vital paintings at the brief shelf of any appearing scholar.
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THE CREATURE: Yes. (Smile. ) I: All right, now you are ready. Now I’ll talk to you. Let’s talk about your part. You will work it out for yourself, and what’s 20 THE SECOND LESSON more, you’ll do it right. If you have done all the work you say you have and if the part is within your range, you cannot fail. Don’t worry about it. Work and patience never fail. ) I: Sit down. I mean it. For a year you have been perfecting yourself as a human instrument and gathering material. You have observed and absorbed life.
I: Not convincingly, but forcefully. THE CREATURE: I didn’t believe you…and reproached you. I: Like a stubborn youngster. And you have forgotten that at the same time you walked, sometimes you agreed with me, you observed and studied Mr. Collins’ fountain, you felt physically tired, you looked for words to oppose my arguments, you enjoyed a few Shakespearean lines, and with all that you covered about nine speeches. DRAMATIC ACTION 47 THE CREATURE: (Horrified) Have I done all those things at once?
It is gone. This fountain speaks for itself. There is nothing to speak for Salvini. THE CREATURE: Really, it is a pity… (She pauses, grows pensive, and then says, with a wistful smile—) Well, it seems that I gave you a cue. I: You always give me the cues. I don’t invent things. I observe them and present them to you; you draw the conclusions and profit by them. The only DRAMATIC ACTION 39 real rules in art are the rules that we discover for ourselves. THE CREATURE: I have discovered that it is too bad not to have the images and voices of great actors preserved for posterity.