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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If there is no event there is no scene and no drama— just a passage of dialogue,
a slice of life, and a bit of talk. I identify the event as that precise moment in a
scene that tells us the meaning of the scene. These scene events lead in turn to
That moment is the event. Sometimes the event of a scene is difficult to find.
Sometimes just identifying the event defines the meaning of the entire play. What
is the event in The Taming of the Shrew? Is it Katherine 's speech at the end
action of warning impregnates the scene with meaning and "You take care now"
becomes an event. 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 ...