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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But since a play is essentially action, and an actor primarily a human being who
acts, before going any further our director seeks to delimit the place, form, and
dimensions of this action. If it is an interior, he will give it its essential props:
plays are concerned with action. They are not. Plays in the cinema may be, but in
the theater the action is a tiny point. In almost every play for the stage, there is
scarcely any action. The movements of the play are almost all concerned with the
Because once having sampled this method of staging a production (I directed a "
mass spectacle" in Irkutsk in 1921) I had to go on thinking about and searching
for new playing areas and different forms through which the action would unfold,
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