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Play Directing, 7th Edition by Michael McLain, Francis Hodge

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Part II

Communication

 

One of the marvelous things that happens with people who are good is that they talk very little. That’s the truth of it—one word, two words.

—Director John Hirsch, quoted in Arthur Bartow’s The Director’s Voice: Twenty-One Interviews

 

 

The Director-Actor Relationship and Stage Blocking

7

Directing Is Working with Actors—1

 

 

In the previous chapters on play-analysis, you learned how the playscript, when intensively studied and taken apart, can give you all sorts of ways to reach actors through special “languages” in the play structure. Now you are going to explore a new group of “languages” that will help you communicate with actors beyond their own creativity. At the same time that you will be encouraging actor-ownership ...

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