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Description - The Actor's Way by Benjamin Lloyd

This is required reading for anyone passionate about the theatre and acting, and the teaching of it. The struggles of a young actor, the actor/director relationship, the challenges and pitfalls of teaching art in universities, ageism and issues of concern to the elderly, and techniques for teaching realistic acting are all communicated through a fictional series of letters between Andy, an anguished young New York City actor and Alice, his Quaker grade-school acting teacher. Over time they become reconnected, and end up working together on an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in a workshop meant to help acting teachers become more focused and skilled. Through their reconnection, Andy - and the reader - learns about the link between the life of the spirit and the life of the actor, and Alice is drawn out of seclusion to perform again. This compelling story of two lonely artists who motivate each other across a divide of years through their correspondence will inspire actors, teachers of acting, and other readers. This is a new and thoroughly modern re-examination of Stanislavksy's popular text "An Actor Prepares" with a focus on his use of spirituality. However, "The Actor's Way" is written as a fictional exchange and Stanislavksy's text is nonfiction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781581154474
ISBN-10: 158115447X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 139mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Benjamin Lloyd

Benjamin Lloyd is an experienced theatre artist, writer and teacher who has performed in many major venues in New York City and Philadelphia including Theater for New Audience, The Public Theatre, SoHo Rep, Home for Contemporary Art, The Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre. While in New York, he started his own class for actors interested in Shakespeare called Shakespeare: No Attitude, acting in his own play Extras and directing and playing Hamlet