And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World by Anne Bogart

By Anne Bogart

From recognized auteur of the yankee theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is an engaging and available e-book approximately directing theatre, appearing and the collaborative inventive process.

Writing in actual fact and passionately, Bogart speaks to a large viewers, from undergraduates to practitioners, and makes a useful contribution to the sphere tackling subject matters such as:

  • intentionality
  • inspiration
  • why theatre matters.

Following on from her winning e-book A Director Prepares, which has develop into a key textual content for instructing directing periods, And Then, You Act is a vital practitioner and pupil resource.

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Or maybe it requires a Tony, an Obie or an Academy Award. Does a standing ovation denote success? Is the opportunity to realize another show success? Is being on television success? Is financial reward success? What is it? Say it. Own it. Only then can you start to see your actions clearly and stand behind your work. My own definition of success is to contribute to the DNA of the theater. My intention is to challenge the notion that the television camera is the arbiter of what is real in the theater.

Which do you intend, a description of the situation or an expression of it? Description is prose. Expression is poetry. The theater is one of the few art forms that moves easily between poetry and prose. But it is imperative to choose which language you intend to use at each moment. Is your intention to describe or express? Prose and poetry transpire from different parts of the brain. Try to remember a nursery rhyme. Notice that your eyes move up and to the right (some people to the left) in order to recall it.

You undergo the sensation of its substance and the physical opposition of gravity. A play, like a stone, offers resistance. The mass of a play contains complex situations, characters, and themes. Audiences as well as the artistic 50 intention ■ team undergo the pain and delight of meeting the play. The experience asks something of you, asks for your muscle and mind. You bring to the play the person you have become so far in your lifetime. The effort that it takes to make the work is the point. The quality and intensity of the team’s effort combined with the attentiveness necessary in the heat of engagement becomes part of the product.

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