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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For a staged play, then, to make good its claim to be one it would seem to follow
that the actors must continue what the dramatist has begun by methods as nearly
related to his in understanding and intention as the circumstances allow.
And it is also true that all great dramatists, from Aeschylus to Shakespeare, from
Aristophanes to Moliere, and from Racine to Ibsen, have been directors. We
could cite many others of lesser genius—Voltaire, Diderot, etc.—who had original
The dramatist usually sets forth the general scheme and theme of the play. (I say
"usually" because there have been instances of scenarios and material for plays
having been suggested by the director or even a leading actor.) The dramatist's ...
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