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
By scene 18, it is clear that Treves will fail to achieve his objective. Merrick proves
himself too human to be a mere specimen. He is a sensitive, loving man, as well
as intelligent, articulate, an artist, and perhaps a mystic. We will see this clearly ...
my actor will find— knowing that he empathizes with Treves— a sadness in his
mockery. Perhaps he may deliver his speech with a sad smile. I think he might
scold in the next beat, but I think it is a gentle scolding. There is anger in Merrick