Thursday, July 9, 2009

How to make great theatre:

The director for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern ran across this book at a local second-hand bookstore. subtitled "A handbook for the Backstage worker; a guidebook for the Student of Drama" this book is a joke.

The sample of a "good" promptbook is ridiculous: notes scribbled everywhere & no sense of order to it.

For the actors among us, the book presents the proper way to sit in a chair, the variety of ways one can pose with certain furniture. We've also got the correct & wrong ways to embrace, foot positions & how the first step should be.

One of my favorites is this graph of how a laugh on stage works.

and if you're looking for advice on aging makeup they have that too.


Kate Foy said...

I've got this one somewhere. Check the publication date. Is it 1960s or 70s? I think it's fair to say we've come a loooong way since then. said...

It's '56. I know because I just bought a copy on Amazon for $1.99, SO awesome!

Thanks for the heads up, can't wait for the laughs.


Brainwise said...

Knock off one more dollar, and I'd buy a copy!

Phil said...

Pose #17 is immediately going into my regular repertoire.

RebeccaZ said...

An acting teacher I had in college had been a B-Movie actress and was probably in her 70s when she taught us ... she taught us how to take that first step and sit in a chair ... how to rise from the chair after sitting. How to do a stage kiss (and she always pulled the best looking guy in the class to demonstrate with her). She was a hoot.

What a great book!