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

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11

Helping Each Actor Intensify

Gesture and Improvisation with Properties

 

 

 

Gesture and improvisation with properties are rightfully the province of each individual actor, but the director can use them as tools in helping actors discover the subtleties of dramatic action as well as learn to build character illustration with imagination and sensitivity. The two previous chapters have shown how the groundplan and composition can lead actors into discoveries about given circumstances and relationships in dramatic action, and thus to basic image-making. This chapter will show how you can lead actors into making highly detailed and refined visual illustrations.

Gesture

As noted in the preceding chapter, preserving body neutrality in an exercise ...

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