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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Directors are frequently remiss in not paying enough attention to the actor's
relation to the scenci-y—tlie trees, buildings, etc., which are painted in
perspective. It is of course impossible to be free of all error, since every time a live
Actors should never lean against painted pieces of scenery (pillars and the like).
If they move about freely. they cannot help touching the painted piece, thus
causing it to shake and destroying the stage illusion; if they move about very
As a matter of fact, under the domination of the painted set, the lighting is
completely absorbed by the am»-. The things represented on the flats must be
seen: so lights are lit and shadows are painted. . . . Alas! It is from this kind of
lighting that ...
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