By Anne Bogart
From recognized auteur of the yankee theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is an engaging and obtainable ebook approximately directing theatre, appearing and the collaborative inventive process.
Writing essentially and passionately, Bogart speaks to a large viewers, from undergraduates to practitioners, and makes a useful contribution to the sector tackling topics such as:
- why theatre matters.
Following on from her profitable ebook A Director Prepares, which has turn into a key textual content for educating directing sessions, And Then, You Act is an important practitioner and pupil resource.
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When in Japan, around Tadashi Suzuki, the lessons are particularly poignant. I am faced with my assumptions about what a rehearsal is, what a director’s job is, what a play is, what an audience is and how a production is supposed to function in the world. I am faced with these assumptions because his notions of all these aspects of the theater are different than mine. The differences in assumptions are personal and they are cultural. And so, in Japan, I must continually examine my inherited assumptions and decide what I want to keep or discard and what I want to reexamine.
After all, you are not just generating energy; you are crafting and articulating the energy into communication, into art. The most important ingredient in articulation is specificity of action, word, and sound. The specificity of your articulation must match the specificity of the playwright’s words. ❖ If you cannot say it, point to it. (Ludwig Wittgenstein) ❖ To signal in the face of the ephemeral is an act of heroism. The pointing, the signaling, is what matters. If you cannot find the words to describe what you are attempting, point at it.
Sigmund Freud speculated that there is no such thing as an accident. This forces the question, how do you relate to events that are out of your control? What is your attitude to accidents? If a fire-engine siren just happens to pass by the building during a passionate love scene, how do you hear it? It might just be the best sound cue imaginable. If someone trips on stage in rehearsal, perhaps the trip contains the energy necessary at that moment. In rehearsal for a production of Moby Dick during the late 1970s, the actor George Kahn, out of intense frustration, literally ran up the side of a wall.