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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cuss in a later section how an actor identifies and masters the stream of action.
The Difference Between Inner ... I want to emphasize this most important point:
The actor gives meaning to words by his choice of inner actions. Our police
... of the character's inner action determines the way the actor behaves as well as
the meaning the actor gives to words. ... However, after working with actors and
the script we might come to see that his inner action goes much deeper, that ...
How the Actor Gives Meaning to Words Think of the simple phrase "I love you."
We have all played with phrases like it, placing emphasis on different words and
deriving different meanings from them as in I love you, or I LOVE you, or I love ...