By Bella Merlin
Routledge – 2003 – 184 pages
This compact, well-illustrated and clearly written book offers an essential guide to the complex and contradictory nature of this master of theatre.
Routledge Performance Practitioners are a series of introductory guides to key theatre-makers. These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books will unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators.
This is the first book to combine:
- an overview of Stanislavsky's life history
- an assessment of his widely read text, An Actor Prepares
- detailed commentary of the key 1998 production of The Seagull
- an indispensable set of practical exercises for actors, teachers and directors.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.
'[A] fascinating book [and] examplary exposition.' - Aleks Sierz, THES
1. Biography in Social and Artistic Context 2. Summary and Analysis of An Actor Prepares 3. Description and Analysis of The Seagull 4. Practical Exercises 5. Conclusion 6. A Brief Glossary of Terms 7. Bibliography
Bella Merlin is a professional actor and a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University.