Playwrights and Acting: Acting Methodologies for Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter, and Shepard

Playwrights and Acting: Acting Methodologies for Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter, and Shepard

Playwrights and Acting: Acting Methodologies for Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter, and Shepard

Playwrights and Acting: Acting Methodologies for Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter, and Shepard

Synopsis

This book analyzes the acting aesthetic of Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter, and Shepard and presents a detailed methodological approach to the performance of their plays. The originality of the book lies in the systematic and critical analysis of both the process of preparing a role and the shifting assumptions on matters essential for a coherent acting methodology for each playwright. The book is distinctive in that it focuses almost exclusively on the playwrights' published remarks concerning the theatre and acting, supplemented with observations by actors and directors who were close collaborators with the playwrights on productions.

Excerpt

The following critical examination of four playwrights, Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter and Shepard, attempts to illuminate how these playwrights view the actor and acting. The playwrights included best reflect the shifting patterns of theatre aesthetics in the post- World War II era. Their vision of humanity is also representative of the significant forces affecting the human condition as we confront the twenty-first century. Bertolt Brecht is a spokesman for the period between the two world wars and shortly after, a period that responded to the challenge of reforming society. Eugene Ionesco reflects the human dilemma: we are alienated and alone yet forced to confront an irrational world. Harold Pinter creates characters who confront a more private, interior world that is under the threat of annihilation, while Sam Shepard is concerned with humanity's deep sense of loss and even deeper longing for wholeness.

These four playwrights come from widely different backgrounds and social and aesthetic philosophies. They come from different countries in the Western world, and their views of theatre reflect major breaks from the ideas that preceded them. They are highly influential in their advocacy of a new aesthetic of theatre, either . . .

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