Directors on Directing: A Source Book of the Modern Theater
Less than 200 years ago the director was only an "ideal" projected by disgruntled critics. Today, productions wouldn't be able to survive with our the adept talents of the director. This book has been known for years as the guide to the "unknown theater" of the director. This collection is comprised of the voices of the modern theater as they state their credos and explore their craft. Topics include: the emergence of the director; behind the fourth wall; the art of rehearsal; light and space; and much more. Directors and avid theater-buffs.
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1910) Mise en Scene of Phaedreb Act II, Scene V In Reflections on the Theatre,
jean-Louis Barrault writes about Phaedra: “A classic is like a hidden treasure. Its
core is buried under so many layers of varnish, so many polishings, that it can be
Happiness makes people generous: hence Hippolytus comes up to Phaedra,
leans over her, his face above her face. Misinterpreting the situation. he is
attentive to Phaedr:1, exciting her passion all the more. Pl-IAEDRA: Ah, for
Theseus I ...
While the rest of her speech is given with sweeping gestures, in the last four lines
Phaedra advances and turns slowly on herself, her right arm extending toward
Hippolytus' left side. As she starts to say “Or if, indeed, you find it shameful . . she
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