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

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15

Helping Actors “Speak” a Play

 

 

 

 

Just as Chapter 8 alerted you to How well do you see? this chapter alerts you to an equally important aspect of directing: How well do you hear? What have you learned in your classes in voice and speech? Have you really learned how important speaking is on the stage?

You are about to tackle the core craft of good theatre: speaking a play with dynamic intensity and reaching an audience—moving it, persuading it, keeping its attention. How much can you help your actors with this challenge? After you have tried to work with this aspect of directing, you will look back at the visual as more readily controllable; but now, you are touching on the real heart of acting and you may have a more difficult time helping ...

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