This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...learned a great deal. One thing I did obtain was muscular control. It gave me equipoise, repose. But it was during my retirement that I ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...learned a great deal. One thing I did obtain was muscular control. It gave me equipoise, repose. But it was during my retirement that I began to study with brain and will. In that time I went through fiftyeight plays with Mr. Belasco. I set my teeth and always kept before me the play he was writing around me, so to speak, and I was determined nothing should dash my energies. I would rehearse every phase of an emotion, until I could portray it with more or less facility. "How were all my little rehearsals at home conducted? Ah, they were pretty sad at times. Mr. Belasco would select a role, talk with me upon it, make suggestions, answer questions, and then leave me to work it out. I would not see him, probably, for a week or ten days. Meanwhile, I acted and reacted, and posed and posed, and worked often with one single gesture or one single vocal inflection for half a day at a time. One thing I always did attend to, I never forsook the weak place to return to it again. I went on to nothing else until I had in some sensible way conquered the difficulty. And this was where I found the horrible discouragement of dramatic technique. If you write or if you sew, you see the result of your labour before your eyes; you are buoyed up in your work by visible encouragement. In dramatic study you go over and over and see nothing for so long for your slavish repetition and expenditure of energy. You know simply you are aiming at something and you are not getting it. But, after awhile, I found out about that. It comes at once. Before you stop to realise, there is a lesson accomplished; it becomes a spontaneous effort. You don't think any more of control. The action is part of yourself when merged in that r6le, and performs itself unconsidered. "After my days of ...
Fair. 360 pages, illustrated with photos. Worn boards, heavily soiling to decorated front cover, both hinges are broken; the pages are good; reading copy. Features about 30 different actresses. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Standard Weight. Category: Performing Arts; Inventory No: 047991.
Very Good+ First edition bound in maroon cloth with gold decorations. B&W portraits of the actresses. A VG+ copy. Mild rub to the spine tips & corners. Spine slightly faded. Interior is clean, tight. Nice copy.; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7"-7½" tall; 361 pages.
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