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Summary

We will combined classes with the Intermediate Acting (focus on Biomechanics)

Each of us has his own methods, systems, tricks -- as you notice, I begin my pre-production period way ahead. In SHOWS directory I have an individual page for every main character; I print them out and take with me to the auditions. The list, resumes and audition forms I leave to my stage manager and make all notes on the character pages. It help me to stay focus on what I need for the role.

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«In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born». Stanislavsky
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From "Cameron & Gillespie":
Actor-Director relationship can be seen in a number of ways:
The director as parent --authoritarian
Guru --visionary
Therapist ---"trust me"
Seducer --emotional attachment
Victim --cajoler
Playground Director --fun and creative
Green Thumb --let’s grow—little planning
Lump --vague
Amalgam of above is probably best
Preparation and adaptability necessary
Less actor coaching as performance approaches


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Commedia Dell'arte: An Actor's Handbook by John Rudlin; Routledge, 1994 - Introduction - Part I: The Commedia Dell’Arte - Origins - The Mask - Playing Commedia - Part II: The Stock Characters - The Zanni - The Old Men - The Lovers - Il Capitano - Colombina - Other Masks - Minor Masks - Part III: The Twentieth Century - Craig at the Arena Goldoni - Meyerhold Dappertutto - Copeau’s New Improvised Comedy - Charles Dullin: Letters from the Front - The Servant of Two Masters - The Lecoq School - Le ThéâTre Du Soleil - The San Francisco Mime Troupe - Tnt (The New Theatre) - Dario Fo - Carlo Boso and Antonio Fava - Restoration or Renovation? - Appendix: Making a Leather Mask - Notes - A Selection of Works on Commedia Dell’Arte in English


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Cast

ENSEMBLE - An acting group. Normally used to describe a group of actors who work well together, with no-one outshining the others.
Yes, director makes the call, but at the end the fate of the show depends on actors... sometimes even a single actor. In the movie industry this fact is obvious. Casting mistake can cost you a show, my friend.

Listen to me, go back to the play you are to direct -- read again, think again... this is the only way to help yourself in casting. And call your actors back. Help them to help you; get them closer to the text...

And watch the chemistry. They have to be together at the end of your journey.

"It is very hard to cast a number of plays adequately from the same company of actors without several parts being miscast." John Gielgud * Film Acting

biomechanics There are "cast" pages in acting directories (BioMethod, Biomechanics, Method) with the "amplua" breakdown, typecasting and etc. Since casting = job, this is a big deal for actors. Most of them do not understand how directors do it. Many directors do not understand how they do it. "Casting Directors"? I never heard of them before I came to the States!

Casting is the "matchmaking"! I have to match the part with the actor, according to vision! How? Oh, the mystery of finding your soul mate!

I noticed that after auditions I do not want to think about casting... I want my instincts to do the preliminary work. I don't want to go with what is "right" -- I have to take my chances. The choice of an actor is no less important than your choice of a script. Do I see a face, when I think about the show before auditions? Sort of. More a feel. You have to stay open. Auditions re-write the script.

In the past (and Europe) playwrights wrote for actors (movie industry). Were Chekhov and Stanislavsky lucky? I don't know; both are dead. My reality is different...

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Scenes in Class

MASTER: Anatoly?

ANATOLY: Yes, sir.

MASTER: What is that? (Points his long finger at the textbook, page 119 -- Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko).

ANATOLY (reads): "The Three Faces of the Director"...

MASTER: And?

ANATOLY: This is from Nemirovich-Danchenko's "My Life in the Russian Theatre"...

MASTER: His life in the Russian Theatre! (laughs) What does he know about directing?

ANATOLY: He organized the Moscow Art Theatre, with Stanislavsky, of course...

MASTER: Organized, organized! The bastard is a producer, not a director!

ANATOLY: Director is a producer too, somewhat...

MASTER: Being a producer or teacher is consequential. The artist in director simply asks for those qualities! Take him out of the book!

ANATOLY: Out?

MASTER: Yes, tear up the pages with his rabish! He repeats everything after Stanislavsky and does it badly, misrepresenting. Tear him up! Now!

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Homework

Commedia's list of stock-characters. Which one is you?

During the "table period" (right after the casting) I ask every actor to find in the play his or her key scenes and monologues (I have my own preferences) -- and we start individual rehearsal with the analysis of those key monologues (see mono pages in Acting, Method and Biomechanicas).

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