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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Skilled actors and directors using the playful approach in rehearsals discover
new possibilities and enrich the rehearsal process. In fact, this is the way to
prevent deadening repetition in rehearsal. Everybody who plays with inner
actions will ...
Responding collaboratively allows actors to execute the text and the decisions
honed by rehearsals ... here: we earn the freedom to express our responses only
by respecting everything we learned meticulously in the rehearsal process.
Even in summer theater in which an entire production is mounted in a week, the
process can easily include consideration of the flow of action, even if outside of
rehearsal time. Directors will find that actors who use the technique work faster ...