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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1901) In a Different Language Being a director, it may be assumed that I am
prejudiced against the playwright who proposes to direct his own play. If I cited
examples of playwrights who had ruined their plays by directing them, I should
The playwright writes for an instrument where the location of the “notes" is
infinitely variable. It is all very well for the playwright to indicate that a speech be
said “angrily" or “with a sob" or in a “high querulous treble." He will frequently find
that if ...
The playwright can never get the characters he imagined: he gets actors who are
always themselves transfigured into stage images which the playwright may feel
correspond to a reality he was seeking. How often have we heard a playwright ...
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