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Challenge for the Actor - Uta Hagen

Challenge for the Actor

By: Uta Hagen

Hardcover

Published: August 1991
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"Theoretically, the actor ought to be more sound in mind and body than other people, since he learns to understand the psychological problems of human beings when putting his own passions, his loves, fears, and rages to work in the service of the characters he plays. He will learn to face himself, to hide nothing from himself -- and to do so takes an insatiable curiosity about the human condition.

from the Prologue"

Uta Hagen, one of the world's most renowned stage actresses, has also taught acting for more than forty years at the HB Studio in New York. Her first book, "Respect for Acting, " published in 1973, is still in print and has sold more than 150,000 copies. In her new book, "A Challenge for the Actor, " she greatly expands her thinking about acting in a work that brings the full flowering of her artistry, both as an actor and as a teacher. She raises the issue of the actor's goals and examines the specifics of the actor's techniques. She goes on to consider the actor's relationship to the physical and psychological senses. There is a brilliantly conceived section on the animation of the body and mind, of listening and talking, and the concept of expectation.

But perhaps the most useful sections in this book are the exercises that Uta Hagen has created and elaborated to help the actor learn his craft. The exercises deal with developing the actor's physical destination in a role; making changes in the self serviceable in the creation of a character; recreating physical sensations; bringing the outdoors on stage; finding occupation while waiting; talking to oneself and the audience; and employing historical imagination.

The scope and range of Uta Hagen here is extraordinary. Her years of acting and teaching have made her as finely seasoned an artist as the theatre has produced.

"Publishers Weekly" 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 teaches, and an explanation of the means to the end. For those unable to avail themselves of her personal tutelage, her book is the best substitute.

Acknowledgments, an Apology, and a Little Advice
Prologue: What Does It Take?
The Actor
The Actor's World
The Actor's Goals
The Actor's Techniques
The Outer Techniques
The Human Techniques
The Human Techniques
The Self
Transference
The Physical Senses
The Psychological Senses
Animation
The Body The Mind
Inner Objects
Listening
Talking
Expectation
The Exercises
The Exercises
General Purpose
The Six Steps For the Presentation
The First Exercise: Physical Destination
For The Presentation
The second Exercise: The Fourth Side
Communication
Primary Use of the Fourth Side
Subliminal Use of the Fourth Side
For the Presentation
The Third Exercise: changes of self
For the Presentation
For The Presentation
The Fourth Exercise: Moment to Moment
For the Presentation
The Fifth Exercise: Re-Creating Physical Sensations
For the Presentation
For the Presentation
The Sixth Exercise: Bringing the Outdoors On Stage
For the Presentation
The Seventh Exercise: Finding Occupation While Waiting
For the Presentation
The Eighth Exercise: Talking to Yourself
For the Presentation
The Ninth Exercise: Talking to the Audience
For the Presentation
The Tenth Exercise: Historical Imagination
Style Historical Imagination
For the Presentation
Combinations
The Role
The Play
Homework and the rehearsal
The Rehearsal
Scoring the Role
Who Am "I"?
What Are "My" Circumstances?
What Are "My" Relationships?
What Do "I" Want?
What's in "My" Way?
What Do 'I'Doto Get What "I" Want?
Epilogue For the Teacher
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780684190402
ISBN-10: 0684190400
Series: No
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: August 1991
Dimensions (cm): 24.079 x 16.307  x 2.819
Weight (kg): 0.52