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working with the actors

  1. 1. Chapter 9 Working with the actors
  2. 2. Each actor works alone –analyzing a part, making a characterization, playing a role, and so on –and yet no actor works alone.
  3. 3. Reacting We can divide any performance into two parts: (1) Your action and (2) your reaction. As we have seen, these affect each other. When you act as if something or someone real, then you can react in a genuine way. This in turn makes your following actions more genuine.
  4. 4. Coordinating illusions As an actor, you must not react to what a partner does but must also coordinate all your activity with others. That is, you must all work together. This requires both physical and mental coordination. One of the major purposes of the rehearsal is to arrange things so that everyone is working together for the same ends. Physical contact on stage is usually thought of in terms of stage fights or stage combat, involving swords or fistfights.
  5. 5. Example: • The stage kiss • The slap
  6. 6. Basic principles to remember: • Contact on stage should be an illusion of contact, not the real thing. • As with mime, an illusion is made to look real not so much by the action as by the reaction
  7. 7. • As with mime, a good illusion of contact works because the audience is temporarily distracted from the point where the action occurs. • These illusions must be rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed
  8. 8. The end 

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