Download e-book for iPad: And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World by Anne Bogart

By Anne Bogart

From recognized auteur of the yank theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is an interesting and obtainable booklet approximately directing theatre, appearing and the collaborative artistic process.

Writing sincerely and passionately, Bogart speaks to a large viewers, from undergraduates to practitioners, and makes a useful contribution to the sector tackling topics such as:

  • intentionality
  • inspiration
  • why theatre matters.

Following on from her profitable publication A Director Prepares, which has turn into a key textual content for educating directing periods, And Then, You Act is an important practitioner and scholar resource.

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You listen to voices from the past in service of the common culture you share with those around you. With an understanding of the why, then Heaven and Earth will move in response to your action. I believe this to be the fundamental grace that allows for action in our difficult times. How do you proceed? A man with a clear head looks at life directly, realizes that everything is problematic, and feels himself lost. And this is the simple truth, that to be alive is to feel oneself lost. And he who accepts this has already begun to find himself, to be on solid ground.

This will also lead to less desperate territoriality about the possession of specific roles. The work, the play, the theme, and the creative process guide the rehearsal rather than individual egos. What are you tempting? On the very first day of all of her acting classes, the eminent actor and acting teacher Stella Adler told a story. She described how on vacation in Florida, at a swimming pool, she watched a man try to persuade his young daughter to jump off the diving board into the water. The little girl trembled at the edge of what seemed a great precipice as her father repeatedly encouraged her to make the leap.

Later on in the evening, I realized that I had become part of what made his work possible. There was nothing special about me that made him want to tell me the story; rather, this was precisely how he realized a project. He turns to the person next to him, whoever that might be and wherever he is, and begins to speak the project into existence. He develops the story by telling it and by noticing how it is received. Not only was he working on his screenplay, this was also the way to garner financial support.

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