2nd Edition

Konstantin Stanislavsky





ISBN 9780815361046
Published June 18, 2018 by Routledge
196 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

As one of the most well-known names in theatre history, Konstantin Stanislavsky’s teachings on actor training have endured throughout the decades, influencing scholars and practitioners even in the present day. This second edition of Konstantin Stanislavsky combines:

  • an overview of Stanislavsky’s life and work, including recent discoveries
  • an assessment of his widely read text, An Actor Prepares (1936) with comparisons to Benedetti’s 2008 translation, An Actor’s Work
  • detailed commentary of the key 1898 production of The Seagull
  • an indispensable set of practical exercises for actors, teachers and directors.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial ex- ploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today’s student.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements

Preface to the Second Edition

I BIOGRAPHY IN SOCIAL AND ARTISTIC CONTEXT

Introduction

The amateur years: 1863–98

The director dictator: 1891–1906

Round-the-table analysis: 1906–early 1930s 15 The final legacies: 1930s–1938 and beyond

1. SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF AN ACTOR PREPARES

Introduction

An Actor Prepares

An Actor’s Work

2. DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF THE SEAGULL

Introduction

The Seagull’s flight path

The Seagull flies

3. PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Introduction

Introduction to ‘round-the-table analysis’ and Stanislavsky’s ‘system’

Introduction to the Method of Physical Actions

Introduction to Active Analysis

Conclusion

A brief glossary of terms

Selected bibliography

Index

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Biography

Bella Merlin is Professor of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, University of California, Riverside.

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