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Acting One / Acting Two

Acting One / Acting Two - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0073288543

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ISBN13: 978-0073288543
ISBN10: 0073288543
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Edition/Copyright: 5TH 08
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2008
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Acting One / Acting Two - 5TH 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-0073288543

Robert Cohen

ISBN13: 978-0073288543
ISBN10: 0073288543
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 08
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2008
International: No
Summary

The new, fifth edition of Robert Cohen's Acting One, the text used to teach acting on more campuses than any other, has now been combined for the first time with his Acting Two, (the second edition of his previously-titled Advanced Acting). Together, Acting One/Acting Two provides a comprehensive and fully integrated system of all acting, from the most realistic to the most stylized. Part One (Acting One) covers basic skills such as talking, listening, tactical interplay, physicalizing, building scenes, and making powerful acting choices. Part Two (Acting Two) provides a series of exercises that encourage the student actor's self-extension into radically different styles (historical, literary, fantastical) and characterizations; then coaches the student through scene work in a variety of historical periods (Greek, Commedia, Elizabethan, Molière, Restoration, Belle Epoque), as well as modern hyper-realistic theatrical forms such as the theatres of alienation and the absurd, and exemplary recent dramas by Tony Kushner, Margaret Edson, August Wilson and Doug Wright.

Table of Contents

Preface ACTING ONE Introduction PART I. PREPARATION FOR ACTING Lesson 1: Preparing to Act Relaxation / Exercise 1-1 Relaxation / Trust / Exercise 1-2 Spine Lengthening / Exuberance / Exercise 1-3 BAM-POW, Dance, Sing / Discipline / Criticism / A Playful Attitude / Freedom / Preparation Lesson 2: What Is Acting? Exercise 2-1 Pledge Your Allegiance to a Flag PART II. THE ACTOR'S APPROACH Lesson 3: Goal and Obstacle Fundamental Principle / Exercise 3-1 Reaching / Exercise 3-2 Reaching for Goals / Exercise 3-3 Overcoming an Obstacle / Self-Consciousness / Exercise 3-4 Doing vs. Being / Projection / Exercise 3-5 Resonating / Exercise 3-6 Resonating (A Continuation) / Exercise 3-7 Goals Lesson 4: Acting with the 'Other' The Other / Exercise 4-1 Making Your Partner Smile / Interactive Dynamics / Exercise 4-2 Vulnerability / Exercise 4-3 Discovery / The Character / Tactics / Exercise 4-4 Using Tactics / Exercise 4-5 One Two Three Four Five Six Seven / Monologues / Exercise 4-6 Inventing the Other Lesson 5: Beginning to Act Contentless Scene / Exercise 5-1 Contentless Scene I / Intensifiers / Exercise 5-2 Intensifying / Physicalizers / Exercise 5-3 Varying Locale or Action / Exercise 5-4 Contentless Scene II Lesson 6: Tactics Punishment and Reward / Playing Tactics / Exercise 6-1 Frighten Your Partner / Exercise 6-2 Building Intensity / Exercise 6-3 Try to Make Your Partner Cry / Exercise 6-4 Movement and Contact / Exercise 6-5 Encourage Your Partner / Alternating Tactics / Exercise 6-6 Mixing Tactics / The Middle Ranges / Exercise 6-7 Eliminating the Extremes Lesson 7: Expectations Expecting Victory / Exercise 7-1 Playing Bored / Positive Goals / Exercise 7-2 Enthusiasm / Exercise 7-3 Try the Impossible / Eye Contact / Exercise 7-4 Tactics and Expectations Lesson 8: GOTE A Basic Method / ''Get Your Character's GOTE'' / Exercise 8-1 The GOTEsheet PART III. THE ACTOR'S TASK Lesson 9: Preparing a Role Finding Your Role / Finding Your ''Character'' / Editing a Scene / Memorization Methods / Cues / Studying the Part / Exercise 9-1 The Gentleman Caller I Lesson 10: Rehearsing Rehearsals / Undirected Rehearsals / Rehearsal Alternatives / Exercise 10-1 The Gentleman Caller II Lesson 11: Staging the Scene Stage Directions / Creating the Locale / Movement and Stage Business / Interesting Positions / Reaching the Audience / Exercise 11-1 Setting the Stage Lesson 12: Choices The Need for Choices / Good Choices / Exercise 12-1 Bold Choices Lesson 13: Performing Stage Fright / Classroom Performance / Play for Results--In the Other Character! Lesson 14: Evaluation and Improvement Helpful Criticism / Reworking / Exercise 14-1 Scene Presentation PART IV. THE ACTOR'S INSTRUMENT Lesson 15: The Actor's Voice Breathing / Exercise 15-1 Breathing from the Abdomen / Phonation: Making Sounds / Exercise 15-2 Sounding / Resonance / Exercise 15-3 Exploring Resonance / Pitch / Exercise 15-4 Exploring Your Pitch Range / A Stageworthy Voice / Exercise 15-5 Speaking with Resonance Lesson 16: Stage Speech Good Diction / Speech Sounds / Exercise 16-1 Vowels / Exercise 16-2 Repeating Syllables / Exercise 16-3 Consonants / Exercise 16-4 Speeches Lesson 17: Using Your Voice Liberation / Exercise 17-1 Rude Chants / Exercise 17-2 Rude Cheering / Exercise 17-3 Fancy Talk / Exercise 17-4 Address a Group / Purposefulness / Exercise 17-5 Adding Purpose Lesson 18: The Actor's Body Agility / Exercise 18-1 Fast Warm-Up / Alignment / Exercise 18-2 Improving Alignment / Walking / Exercise 18-3 Sixteen Walks / Exercise 18-4 Walk and Talk / Sitting and Standing / Exercise 18-5 Walk, Talk, Sit / Velocity: Accelerating, Decelerating, and Constant / Exercise 18-6 Acceleration/Deceleration / Counterpoise / Exercise 18-7 Contraposto / Exercise 18-8 Contraction/Extension / The Dynamics of Effort / Exercise 18-9 Distinct Movements / Exercise 18-10 To Be or Not to Be
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