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by Benjamin Lloyd

ePub The Actor's Way: A Journey of Self-Discovery in Letters download
Author:
Benjamin Lloyd
ISBN13:
978-1581154474
ISBN:
158115447X
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Publisher:
Allworth Press (May 1, 2006)
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Subcategory:
Performing Arts
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1415 kb
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1433 kb
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Rating:
4.4
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970

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The Actor's Way: A Journey of Self-Discovery in Letters. The Actor's Way - Benjamin Lloyd. The struggles of a young actor, the actor/director relationship, the challenges of teaching art in universities, ageism, and techniques for teaching realistic acting are all communicated through a fictional series of letters between Andy, an anguished young New York City actor and Alice, his Quaker grade-school acting teacher.

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This is required reading for anyone passionate about the theater, acting, and the teaching of it. The struggles of a young actor, the actor/director relationship, the challenges of teaching art in universities, ageism, and techniques for teaching realistic acting are all communicated through a fictional series of letters between Andy, an anguished young New York City actor and Alice, his Quaker grade-school acting teacher.
  • Great acting book.

  • This riveting book using the letters of the 2 main characters wonderfully developes the interplay between acting, openness, fragility and trust. Using the theater metaphor, lloyd details feelings, emotional interplay, and community building as the constant themes of bringing the "spirit"and "life" into our temporal life. His chosen world of acting and directing demonstrate the ephemeral in our concrete denotative world,AND also brings out the eternal through the incorporation of the impact of art on the observer and the participant. Poetry, music, and drama become meaningless exercises without the emotional and spiritual transportation of performer and audience to a new "weltanschaung".

    The specific techniques described are beyond my experience but resonate clearly with similar techniques of relating and isolating specific aspects of relationships in my medical career. I was always amazed by the change in surgeons personalities when they were wearing a mask and when they "out of costume". No question that the mask provided a screen for their persona. The arrogant but friendly and understanding selves disappeared behind the mask replaced by the distant focused martinet.

    Most beautifully handled is the spiritual growth within a community that is open and loving and unavailable in a solo setting. "Alice" "walks the talk" and the handling of her "Spiritual Inventory" as she accepts her death while remaining involved in her community. Community, to me, is where someone lives that I am uncomfortable with. The fictional letters create the "uncomfortable" person as part of each character. The modulation of the uncomfortable actions become facets of each person, preserving the "whole" of the person as loving person with demons not seen by others. The curse of secrecy, hiding the "wounded" parts leading to community and personal diminishment. This love of secrecy is the basis of the innate mistrust of most people to Scorpios. The Scorpio demands loyalty but needs his chamber(cave) private, precluding open communication without advance contemplation and strategic analysis, Iago is a classic example of a Scorpio knowingly headed into destructive course aware that he will be destroyed as well.

    The incorporation of the Quaker blend of high abstract intellect welded to a belief based on an emotional/spiritual experience (The Gathered Meeting) adds the necessary "vertical plot" necessary for living characters facing life each day.

    Many thanks to B. Lloyd for writing such a clear loving book.

  • This story of a struggling professional actor's reconnection with his mentor is full of simple, practical advice that applies to anyone pursuing an impractical dream--as all dreams must be--while trying to contribute to the life of his society and family.

    It is one of the most readable texts for actors that I've ever encountered--second only to Boleslavsky's "First Six Lessons"--using an actor's basic tools (plot and character) to chart the challenges facing professional artists in our current, market-based artistic environment. In fact the letters that form the bulk of the text feel far less pedantic and more lyrical than Boleslavsky. Some might even make for interesting audition monologues.

    Though the text provides answers to such desperate questions as "should I continue trying to be an actor in NYC" it also reveals deeper, knottier, unconsidered questions and demands that they be probed. Fundamental to all these questions is the nature of the actor's role in her community, socially, politically, economically and spiritually. What does it mean to be a "citizen actor" and how does one go about doing it?

    Also included are some excellent exercises, useful to teachers of any discipline as well as actors and a bibliography that should form the backbone of any Stanislavski-based actor's library.

    Within all this plot and advice lies Benjamin Lloyd's well-researched and clearly articulated theory of the "wounded actor". This theory and its application within the plot makes this book essential reading for theatre teachers, particularly on the undergraduate level. With the burgeoning number of theatre BAs and BFAs college administrators would also do well to read this as they consider the role of theatre in their overall curriculum.

  • This is a unique and wonderfully insightful book! Prepare to become fully invested in the two main characters (Andy and Alice) and totally absorbed in their journey! It is, at the same time, both practical and spiritual ... interesting for actors, acting teachers, artists of all sorts, and people in general! By focusing on a young actor and his relationship with an older (and former) acting teacher, the author takes the reader on a fascinating and compelling life journey ... anyone who has ever struggled with their own self-identity, has had treasured relationships and special people in their lives, and has had difficult choices to make will find this book a great read! A book to revisit many times for delicious creative and spiritual nourishment! (And a very helpful guide for actors and teachers of acting, as well!)

  • I can't stop reading this book! I'm not an actor or a theatre teacher, but I love going to the theatre and try to imagine all the work that goes into creating the characters that we see up on stage. There is so much art and craft to acting and this book helps you to understand it -- and understand the struggles and the growth in each actor, teacher, and director. It's written in a letters between people format which makes it real and lively. This is a book for everyone! Those who haven't read The Actor's Way have a huge treat in store for you!!

  • I picked up this book simply because I have enjoyed Benjamin Lloyd as an actor. I never expected that he would also be a wonderful writer. In addition, Lloyd provides an insight into the joys and struggles of an actor and will help anyone contemplating a career as an artist. It should also be a must read for the parents, spouse or friend of the "struggling artist". ( And, almost by definition, they all must have their struggles. )

    Fortunately, no one need struggle as they read this book. It will capture you from the first through the last page! I loved it.

    Duane Malm