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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolutio...
by Todd S. Purdum

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p><b>A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century</b></p><p>They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals <i>Oklahoma!</i>, <i>Carousel</i>,<i> South Pacific</i>, <i>The King and I</i>, and <i>The Sound of Music</i>, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.</p><br /><p>Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.</p><br /><p>Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and young lovers wherever they are. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful.</p>
The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide
by Jenna Fischer

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<p>Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?</p><br /><br /><p>Uh, basically everything.  The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined.  It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on <em>The Office</em>, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.</p><br /><br /><p>If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair.</p><br /><br /><p>Jenna wants to be that person for you.   </p><br /><br /><p>With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences.  She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work—invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle.  She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy’s apartment are probably not legit—or at least not for the kind of part you’re looking for!).</p><br /><br /><p>Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who’s made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.  </p>
Respect for Acting
by Uta Hagen

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

May 04, 2009

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Respect for Acting<br /> <br /> "This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation of the means to the end." <br /> --Publishers Weekly<br /> <br /> "Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation." <br /> --Library Journal<br /> <br /> "Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book. But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft." <br /> --Los Angeles Times<br /> <br /> "There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen." <br /> --Fritz Weaver<br /> <br /> "This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor."<br /> --King Features Syndicate
Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voi...
by Kristin Linklater

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

February 05, 2014

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Knowing how to connect language with breath and voice is a golden key to hang on the chain of the actor's craft!<br /><br />Linklater’s groundbreaking original Freeing the Natural Voice sold more than 100,000 copies. Now, revised and greatly expanded this edition has been eagerly adopted by Linklater students, selling 30,000 copies to date. Emphasizing the use of imagery and imagination in developing the art of the voice, this book incorporates exercises developed over the past three decades that have stood the test of repetition, reliably producing results when practiced conscientiously and with understanding.<br /><br />The logical progression of exercises is designed for professional actors, student actors, teachers of acting, teachers of voice and speech and anyone interested in vocal expression.<br /><br />The emphasis of the work is on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument and its objective is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it.<br /><br />This book presents a lucid and multi-leveled account of the human voice in the context of performance - expressive theatrical performance and the performance of everyday communication.
Incident at Vichy: A Play (Penguin Plays)
by Arthur Miller

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English

Pages

88

Publication Date

April 02, 1985

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In Vichy France in 1942, eight men and a boy are seized by the collaborationist authorities and made to wait in a building that may be a police station. Some of them are Jews. All of them have something to hide—if not from the Nazis, then from their fellow detainees and, inevitably, from themselves. For in this claustrophobic antechamber to the death camps, everyone is guilty. And perhaps none more so than those who can walk away alive.<p>In <b>Incident at Vichy</b>, Arthur Miller re-creates Dante's hell inside the gaping pit that is our history and populates it with sinners whose crimes are all the more fearful because they are so recognizable.<p>"One of the most important plays of our time . . . <b>Incident at Vichy</b> returns the theater to greatness." —<b>The New York Times</b></p></p>
Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus
by , Maggie Lloyd-Williams

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English

Pages

158

Publication Date

November 05, 2017

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<p>A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson.</p><p>Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way.</p><p>'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson</p><p>This bestselling book is now available as an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.</p><p>In addition to the full list of action-words found in the book, the app includes:</p><p>A to Z search, and predictive search function<br />Emotional groupings to help you pinpoint the action you require<br />Bookmark, note-making and random word functions<br />Share your actions on social media or by email<br />Full instructions on how to use actioning in rehearsal, plus how to use the app<br />To learn more, and download your copy, visit the iTunes website.</p><p>'This condenses all the usefulness of the book into a neat little app. Absolutely invaluable!' - User review</p>
A Practical Handbook for the Actor
by Melissa Bruder

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English

Pages

108

Publication Date

April 25, 2012

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This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. <i>A Practical Handbook for the Actor </i>is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption
by Christopher Kennedy Lawfo...

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>Born into enormous privilege as well as burdened by gut-wrenching family tragedy, Christopher Kennedy Lawford now shares his life story, offering a rare glimpse into the private worlds of the rich and famous of both Washington politics and the Hollywood elite. A triumphantly inspiring memoir, the first from a Kennedy family member since Rose Kennedy's 1974 autobiography, Lawford's <em>Symptoms of Withdrawal</em> tells the bittersweet truth about life inside America's greatest family legacy.</p><p>As the firstborn child of famed Rat Pack actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, sister to John F. Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Lawford grew up with presidents and movie stars as close relatives and personal friends.</p><p>Lawford recalls Marilyn Monroe teaching him to dance the twist in his living room when he was still a toddler, being awakened late at night by his uncle Jack to hear him announce his candidacy for president, being perched atop a high-roller craps table in Las Vegas while Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack swapped jokes and threw dice, and other treasured memories of his youth as part of America's royal family.</p><p>In spite of this seemingly idyllic childhood, Lawford's early life was marked by the traumatic assassinations of his beloved uncles Jack and Bobby, and he soon succumbed to the burgeoning drug scene of the 1970s during his teen years. With compelling realism mixed with equal doses of self-deprecating wit, youthful bravado, and hard-earned humility, <em>Symptoms of Withdrawal</em> chronicles Lawford's deep and long descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent formidable path back to the sobriety he has preserved for the past twenty years.</p><p><em>Symptoms of Withdrawal</em> is a poignantly honest portrayal of Lawford's life as a Kennedy, a journey overflowing with hilarious insider anecdotes, heartbreaking accounts of Lawford's addictions to narcoticsas well as to celebrity and, ultimately, the redemption he found by asserting his own independence.</p><p>In this groundbreakingly courageous and exceptionally well-written memoir, Lawford steps forward to rise above the buried pain that first led to his addiction, and today lives mindfully by his time-tested mantra: "We are only as sick as the secrets we keep." <em>Symptoms of Withdrawal</em> keeps no secrets and is a compelling testament to the power of truth.</p>
Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre (Historical...
by Samuel L. Leiter

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English

Pages

631

Publication Date

January 16, 2006

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This comprehensive reference work covers all four forms of traditional Japanese theatre: nT, kyTgen, bunraku, and kabuki. International tours by each have become commonplace, allowing audiences everywhere to broaden their understanding of theatre's possibilities, and inspiring artists to infuse their works with ideas sparked by Japanese theatre's conventions. Because of the great interest generated by increasing familiarity with these theatre traditions, along with a multitude of general and specialized publications investigating and describing them, there has developed a serious need for a work that allows for immediate access to specific information regarding many concepts, terms, and individuals. The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre covers all four genres, providing information on nearly every aspect, including actors, theatres, companies, history, makeup, costumes, masks, biographies, theories, training, music, religion, criticism, and many more. This is done through hundreds of dictionary entries arranged alphabetically with abundant cross-references, a general introduction, a chronology, and a special glossary of all terms mentioned in the text but not provided with their own entries, all of which can be supplemented by consulting the most extensive bibliography of English-language Japanese theatre books, articles, and websites presently available.
The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts
by Tessa Fontaine

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><b>Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, <i>The Electric Woman</i>, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery—through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. </b></p><p>Turns out, one lesson applies to living through illness, keeping the show on the road, letting go of the person you love most, and eating fire:</p><p><i>The trick is there is no trick. </i><br /><i> You eat fire by eating fire. </i></p><p>Two journeys—a daughter’s and a mother’s—bear witness to this lesson in <i>The Electric Woman</i>. </p><p>For three years Tessa Fontaine lived in a constant state of emergency as her mother battled stroke after stroke. But hospitals, wheelchairs, and loss of language couldn’t hold back such a woman; she and her husband would see Italy together, come what may. Thus Fontaine became free to follow her own piper, a literal giant inviting her to “come play” in the World of Wonders, America’s last traveling sideshow. How could she resist?</p><p> Transformed into an escape artist, a snake charmer, and a high-voltage Electra, Fontaine witnessed the marvels of carnival life: intense camaraderie and heartbreak, the guilty thrill of hard-earned cash exchanged for a peek into the impossible, and, most marvelous of all, the stories carnival folks tell about themselves. Through these, Fontaine trained her body to ignore fear and learned how to keep her heart open in the face of loss. </p><p>A story for anyone who has ever imagined running away with the circus, wanted to be someone else, or wanted a loved one to live forever, <i>The Electric Woman </i>is ultimately about death-defying acts of all kinds, especially that ever constant: good old-fashioned unconditional love.</p>

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