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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They shake hands, and Charles greets Mike. charles: Mike! Haven't seen you
around. Where've you been? mike: Oh, hiya, Charley! Oh, a lotta gardening. You
know, problems with water. No rain. charles: Still carrying water? Saw Ann today.
From the beginning of the scene Mike's action is to win Charles's permission for a
water line. Charles's action is to warn Mike about Ann. If we now put all of this into
performance the audience will sense conflict immediately from the behavior of ...