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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To act is to pursue an inner action that the character wants to achieve. Petruchio
wants to win Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. If you tried the finger exercise
, you wanted to move a recalcitrant finger joint. That was your action even if ...
The skilled actor preparing Lady Macbeth does not go on stage saying, "I want to
go on stage motivated to do anger." Yes, she does have to come to ... though,
there may be some. Perhaps Jill wants to win Jack and thinks that weeping may ...
naive neighbor who wants to go to the city and become a successful actress. ...
To win respect. When we begin the preparation of this performance by focusing
on Trepleff's struggles to win the world's respect for his writing, the love and