The Technique of Inner Action: The Soul of a Performer's Work
This book focuses on the inner work of a performer. It takes up where Stanislavski's study of inner work left off and then expands inner action into a comprehensive discipline for developing an inner technique as precise and concrete as those use to develop external skills like voice and movement. Bill Bruehl argues that authentic emotions are expressed when performers focus on the internal aspirations of their character and on the flow of actions in the play. Mastery of inner action allows a performer to interpret a character with clarity, maximize creative potential, and insure authentic expression of emotion and spontaneity in performance.
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Treves, the physician, is my choice of the protagonist, not John Merrick, the actual
"Elephant Man." The play is about Treves's aspiration to outclass the other
medical scientists of his time. He chooses to help Merrick only because Merrick's
Treves then proceeds to give a clinical description of Merrick's hideous malady in
gruesome detail, never empathizing with ... I have shortened the actual
monologue for convenience and inserted numbers to identify my choice of beats.
There is anger in Merrick in this beat as well as sadness, but the self-satisfaction
he accuses Treves of is not something Merrick finds in himself. In beat 2 I would
choose to scold gently out of a love mixed with anger. I can hear somebody ...