By Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previtio, Scott Zigler, David Mamet
6 operating actors describe their equipment and philosophies of the theater. All have labored with playwright David Mamet on the Goodman Theater in Chicago.
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Language is your main tool here. The more vital, active, and gutsy your language is, the more life you will bring to the stage because your action will be that much more exciting to you. ” There will occasionally be times when a seemingly mundane action is perfectly correct for a scene. The point is to find the action you want to do. What gets you going? What gets you hot? Only you know. The way you speak to yourself is the way you will act. If you are clear, specific, and strong with yourself, then, chances are that that is how you will be onstage.
The essential action of that is: getting advice from an objective observer. 3. It is as if I were asking my teacher whether or not he thinks I should get married. Using this analysis, you would talk directly to the audience so as to get them to tell you what they think you should do. If you chose the second solution, you might analyze the monologue this way: 1. Hamlet is discussing the pros and cons of suicide. 2. The essential action of that is: untangling an intricate mystery. 3. It is as if my girlfriend suddenly left me, and I’m going over the relationship with my best friend to find out why.
Remember that the nature of a single relationship in a play may change from scene to scene. In Streetcar, Stanley and Stella may be lovers in one scene and sworn enemies in another. Sometimes the nature of the relationship is clearly defined by the playwright. In these cases, you need not include the nature of the relationship in your analysis because it will not affect the way you will execute the action. You must use your judgment each time you analyze a scene concerning whether to include the nature of the relationship.
A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previtio, Scott Zigler, David Mamet