Write about Acting
Shakespeare or/and Chekhov
"Don't ask me what I meant to express with my stories, ask yourself, what they mean to you!" - Eugene O'Neill
GeoAlaska: Theatre & Film
Spring 2003: Don Juan
ShowCases: 3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
Do you write your own material?
You should. You don't have to perform it, but you will know what is YOURS! You will know what to look for.
Do you write down your impressions after the show?
What kind of school did you go to study theatre?
Maybe on this page I could address the missing link between between BM and dramatic text. The best is to go to script.vtheatre.net pages to see how playwright pre-arranges the action. Second, of course, is the First Spectator -- Director. Actor is between the two gods!
More and more I use film terminology in BM class; simple as CU and MS frame -- or more complex, like line of action, axis of tention.
Summary2003: I want to introduce "writing" assignment not only to my drama classes (script.vtheatre.net), but to ALL classes! You should go at least once through writing your own monologue and scene -- actors, directors.
QuestionsBut where, when and how? (No grade?)
2004 & After
NotesEvaluation a Show (mini-form):
Characters: (list ones your remember)
Conflict (External and Internal):
Plot: (Linear * Epic * Cyclic * Plotless)
Stylistic Features (Concept):
One Act Fest
Stanislavsky in His Own Words * Method Basics
Method Quotes Russian
I haven't really written my plays and books -- I've heard them. The stories are there already, singing in your genes and in your blood. ~ Sebastian Barry
Good actors, I mean, do write.[ writing your own monologue assignment again? ]
One of the Method's techniques is the Actor's Journal (and an extention of it -- Character's Diary).
Commedia tradition -- improvization, creation of texts. Scripted text is dangerous; Shakespeare is so powerful, he can kill an actor on the spot! In order for you to struggle and to survive the struggle with the great writers, you must write too! Write it down -- your thoughts, observations, dreams...
In ALL three acting levels I ask for "paper-acting": there are several forms of actor's writing I use:
1. Actor's Journal
2. Actor's Test (for each monologue and scene, including the floor plans)
3. Reviews on acting after UAF shows (200 words plus)
4. Play Analysis (2 pp) -- for the showcase scripts
5. Tests (including theory and character analysis -- in class and home-take)
1. Personal self-reflections
2. Action Plan
3. Character research
4. Scrapbook Write your own scenes (as in Playscript Analysis)... [ I will find the place in each class for this new assignment. ]
"Shots Analysis" of the monologue -- see paper acting page!
Yes, yes! Write your questions down! Post them on the wall to see! To remember.
Must have a list for characterization (movement and voice); at least, 5Ws as in Acting One.
Do not wait for directors to tell you what to do, do not wait for this break, give yourself a break! Help yourself! Should I mention that reading does help? Read plays, read good books. How else can you become an "artist" and stay Artist. Did you noticed that Stanislavky writes this word with the capital "A"?
Playwrighting Page (new)
An online course supplement *
2005-2006 Theatre UAF Season: Four Farces + One Funeral & Godot'06
Film-North * Anatoly Antohin * eCitations *