In Character: Actors Acting
In Character is a landmark project for acclaimed author Howard Schatz.
In it he has directed and photographed a host of today's finest thespians
acting out a variety of scenarios. Characters might include an evil
crime boss, an eight-year-old girl triumphing at a spelling bee,
a gambler at
the track, a businessman on the prowl, a teenage girl flirting, or
a coach imploring his players to play harder and win. The ravishing
paired with insightful comments which reveal the actors' views on
the creative process, developing a character, and their own personal
experiences. Large format. Hardcover, 264 pp. $67.00.
Year of the King
Antony Sher's stunning performance for the Royal Shakespeare Company as a
Richard III on crutches -- the so-called "bottled spider" -- won
him both the Laurence Olivier and the Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor.
This book records, in the actor's own words and drawings, the making of this
historic theatrical event. This new edition has been published to commemorate
the twentieth anniversary of the premiere. Softcover, 249 pp. $25.00.
This is the all-time bestseller on the subject. It is filled with
practical suggestions for preparation and execution of the "winning audition." Mass
Letters to a Young Artist
Anna Deavere Smith
Here is Anna Deavere Smith's brass tacks advice to aspiring artists
of all stripes. In vividly anecdotal letters to the young BZ, she addresses
the full spectrum of issues that people starting out will face: from
questions of confidence, discipline, and self-esteem, to fame, failure,
to staying healthy, presenting yourself effectively, building a diverse
social and professional network, and using your art to promote social
change. At once inspiring and no-nonsense, Letters to a Young
Artist will challenge you, motivate you, and set you on
a course to pursue your art
without compromise. Softcover, 227 pp. $16.95.
Dreamwork for Actors
Dreamwork for Actors brilliantly explores the potential of dreams
for actor training and development. Janet Sonenberg demonstrates how
the actor seeds dreams with material from the play under study and then
uses the resulting dream to affect the acting. This book is a wholly
new tool with which actors can unleash startling performances. Softcover
256 pp. $21.95.
Actors At Work
Rosemary Tichler & Barry Jay Kaplan
With a nod to The Paris Review's Writers at Work model,
Actors at Work looks at the ways in which some of our most respected
stage and film actors approach their calling. Rosemary Tichler and Barry
Jay Kaplan explore these performers' influences, their idols and insecurities,
their paths to work and success, the uses of training, and the art of
acting itself. Softcover, 369 pp. $18.50.
Stanislavski in Rehearsal
This unique perspective on the acting technique of Stanislavski
comes courtesy of his former student Vasili Toporokov. Already an accomplished
actor when he joined the Moscow Art Theatre, Toporokov was forced to
re-train under the master's guidance. Stanislavski in Rehearsal is
Toporokov's account of this learning process. All actors will be captivated
and educated by this invaluable document of Stanislavski's mature thoughts
on acting. Softcover, 163 pp. $31.95.
Other People's Shoes: Thoughts on Acting
Divided into 4 parts -- "Why Do It?", "Preparations and Rehearsals", "Character
and Context", and "Performance" -- this elucidating book takes
us step by step through Harriet Walter's creative process as an actor. Every
actor can benefit from this book's unparalleled insights, all of which are
firmly rooted in Harriet's own experiences. Softcover, 275 pp. $22.95.
Phillip B. Zarrilli
A wide ranging collection of theories of acting, ideas about the body
and training, and statements about the actor in performance. Includes
discussions by or about figures who have shaped performance in the past
century including Meyerhold, Copeau, Artaud, Decroux, Brecht, Fo, Suzuki,
Grotowski, Rosenthal and Dafoe. Softcover, 378 pp. $54.95.
What Have You Done?
The facts of an actor's life are often far stranger than any fiction
they portray. "The joy in reading this book comes from the realization
that we are all constantly auditioning for something -- and we are
all the better for it -- win or lose." - Frank Langella. Softcover,
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