Mask Characterization: An Acting Process

Mask Characterization: An Acting Process

Mask Characterization: An Acting Process

Mask Characterization: An Acting Process

Synopsis

This book adds a new dimension to actor training and learning. It is essential to aspiring actors seeking new ways to create honest dramatic characterizations.

Excerpt

This is a wonderful book. It offers what I believe is an inspired suggestion: that the mask, the oldest of the devices we mortals have created to confront the unknowns in our universe, be used as a part of the actor training process.

To the extent that the actor accomplishes that most difficult of tasks, to become someone else, enormous physical and psychic demands are made on his/her creative spirit.

The mask, older than theater, older most likely than the surviving forms of religion, is a potent instrument for transformation and understanding.

Libby Appel in this book offers teachers of acting a detailed view of a way of working with masks. While the underlying assumptions are profound, the reader will find a wealth of practicality and specificity.

Acting, one of the almost unteachable subjects, can be learned with the help of a good teacher. Teaching can be advanced with the help of a good text. This is one which should be of practical and inspirational use to teacher and learner alike.

John Ransford Watts Dean

Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University . . .

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