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The Actor and The Liar - After playing a convincing role as an action hero in a new film, a movie star exits the stage, leaving his character behind, and attends a press conference claiming that he did all his own stunts, becoming both an actor and a liar. When it comes to the difference between these two characters, clear differentiations are not immediately apparent. In this example, in order to impress his audience, both the actor and the liar are untruthful regarding their accomplishments. Both require a skilled performer who is well versed in the various protocols....   [tags: Sociology] 797 words
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Showing up the Actor - Showing up the Actor When I was younger I spent much of my time alone. My father bred in me, perhaps by nothing more than his example, a certain New England stoicism which thrived on solitude. Nothing displayed this rustic discipline more than the pop-up camper my father bought from our neighbors when I was six. From that summer our family spent most vacations on the road, pulling the camper behind us, my father winching it up and spreading the canvas roofing in Nova Scotia or Florida or upstate New York....   [tags: Boxing Personal Narrative Papers] 4313 words
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Realism - The State is the Most Important Actor - Realism - The State is the Most Important Actor Introduction During the latter half of the 20th century, the realist theory has been criticized as an outdated method which can no longer sufficiently explain the actions of the global community. Critics point to liberalism, another widely accepted theory, as the successor of realism as the dominant theory of international relations. Opponents of realism assert that the Democratic Peace theory is evidence that the theory of realism is no longer complete....   [tags: Philosophy] 2068 words
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Personal Experience Aiding the Actor's Development of Theatrical Character - Through personal experience, reading and research an insight can be gleaned into how improvisation can play such an important role in aiding the Actor's development of theatrical character. Through personal experience, reading and research an insight can be gleaned into how improvisation can play such an important role in aiding the Actor's development of theatrical character. To fully comprehend how liberating improvisation can be as a doorway to one's creative self, one has to experience and understand the process....   [tags: Drama] 1199 words
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Reply to an Advertisement for an Actor to Play the Character of King Lear - Reply to an Advertisement for an Actor to Play the Character of King Lear Dear Mr Simon I am writing in reply to your advertisement for an actor to play the character of King Lear in your upcoming production. I have much acting experience and have appeared in many theatre and film performances over the last 40 years. I have previous experience in King Lear, as I starred as King Lear at the New York 'Shakespeare in the park' festival. This production required extreme emotional elements, which I believe I executed with sincerity....   [tags: King Lear Theatre Drama Plays Essays] 1211 words
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Directing the Actor Playing Macbeth in Act 2 - Imagine you are a director. Direct the actor playing Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2. Shakespeare's Macbeth has been a play out of the ordinary. It was written to upset, and show life at its most cynical and brutal. It is among his darker pieces of work along with Othello, King Lear and Hamlet. It was also written to please the current King of England at the time, King James I. The play is based on real Scottish history, as King Duncan was killed by one of his kinsmen who then became King. It is set within a Scotland in which frequent wars occur....   [tags: Drama] 2681 words
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Explaining Why Biological Warfare Cannot be Explained with the SCOT Theory, Actor-Network Theory and Technological Systems Theory - The purpose of this essay is to explain why it will be a problem to explain biological warfare with the SCOT theory, actor-network theory and technological systems theory. Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) is a theory that was introduced by Weiber Bijker that explains the link between social and technical processes of a technology or artifact. Bjiker argued that technology is shaped by human engineers, market forces, consumer’s needs and demands. In SCOT, technology is a social construction....   [tags: biological warfare]
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Free Hamlet Essays: The Great Actor in Hamlet - The Great Actor in Hamlet Hamlet is sane, not insane. He is putting on an act making people think that he is really insane when he is really just acting. Hamlet was ordered to avenge his fathers death by his father's spirit. The spirit told Hamlet that how he died. The spirit said that he was sleepong in his garden when the uncle came and poured poison into his ear. The spirit told Hamlet to avenge his death by killing his uncle. Hamlet wanted to prove that his uncle really killed his father....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet] 639 words
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Absolute Power Does NOT Corrupt Absolutely - A man named Lord Actor once said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." This means that giving a person some power can turn them into a bad person. However, giving someone absolute power will always corrupt some and that these people are always bad. Knowing what the quote means the question remains, is the quote true. The answer is no. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." This is because nothing is always anything, a person’s bad deeds can be outdone by good deeds, and corruption is a matter of opinion....   [tags: Lord Actor] 834 words
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Chris Tucker - Chris Tucker The one and only “motor mouth,” Chris Tucker, is a great actor and cutting-edge comic who made it to stardom with his fast talking wise cracks. The sleek and slender 6’1” young African American was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 1972. Chris was the youngest of six children in his family; his parents were Norris and Mary Tucker. Norris Tucker owned his own family business, a carpet cleaning business. Chris used to work for his dad at the carpet cleaning shop so he could have some extra money to spend....   [tags: Biography Actor Essays]
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Life Of Bruce Lee - The Greatest Concentration of Bruce Lees life was spent trying to become better at both martial arts and acting. Bruce lee was born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco California. He was born at Jackson street hospital to Lee Hoi-Chun and Grace Lee. They named him Jun-Fan, meaning "Return again Lee" in hopes he would one day return to the US. His father was originally from china but he was in America a traveling opera star. In 1941 Lee returned to Kowloon, Hong Kong with his family. At the young age, Lee was a child star; he was involved in the growing eastern film industry....   [tags: Actor Biography Bruce Lee] 1869 words
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Omar Epps - Omar Epps In the movies, Love and Basketball, and The Program the viewer can see various similarities that develop. One of the obvious comparisons can be seen in how the actor Omar Epps performs and the similar situations he’s faced with. In both films, he goes through struggles and reveals the life of a highly recruited athlete. The Program is produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., while Love and Basketball is produced by Spike Lee and Sam Kitt. Love and Basketball is a movie that combines a love story with how basketball affects the relationship of two high school sweethearts....   [tags: Actor Love and Basketball Movies Essays] 967 words
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Dominic Chianese - Dominic Chianese Today, Dominic Chianese is best known for his role on the television series "The Sopranos," but he has a career that spans decades and includes theatre, movies, and music. Dominic Chianese was born on February 24th, 1931, in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. Dominic’s grandparents emigrated to American in the early 1900’s from Naples and Sorrento, Italy (Internet Movie Database, 2005). Dominic’s theatre career began in 1952 with ‘The American Savoyard’, which was a small Gilbert and Sullivan company of singers, actors, and musicians....   [tags: Actor Biography Biographies Chianese Essays]
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Arnold Schwarzenegger - Celebrity to Politician - From Celebrity to Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California, not because he supported the issues of the majority, nor because he had a plan to solve California’s economic crisis, but because the economy was failing and he rose to the “occasion.” His popularity in the movie industry gave him the “face” he needed to win the reelection. As easy as it seemed, how did Arnold manage to be so successful in his campaign. He is a popular figure with almost no experience in politics....   [tags: Politics Actor Movie Star]
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Elvis Presley's Poor Acting Skills in Film - Elvis Presley's Poor Talents Paying Bills Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, is an American Pop Culture Icon who influenced his audience with his commanding voice and dazzling sex appeal. In the 1950's, Elvis devoted his career to singing and making music. In the sixties, however, he dedicated his time towards making movies and appearing in motion pictures. As many critics agree, Elvis had poor acting skills in his films, generally showing apathy and/or dull facial expressions. Yet, through entertainment media, Elvis was able to inspire a generation of youth to "take action" in American society from his "poor actions"....   [tags: Celebrity Actor Acting Performing]
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Personal Narrative: I have seen Elvis Presley - I Have Seen Elvis While driving down the expressway late last Saturday night I saw the strangest thing. There on the side of the road was an old broken-down blue Cadillac. As I passed, that's when I saw it. Out of the corner of my eye; it was him. There stood Elvis Presley, the King, kicking at the flattened tire of his rusted out Cadillac. I swear it was him. He had the side-burns, the wonderfully slicked back hair, and just as he went out of sight I swear he was doing that lip thing. As I think back on that night I wonder to myself if it was really him or if I just really wanted it to be....   [tags: Celebrity Actor Acting Performing Musician] 720 words
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The Stanislavsky Method - When I came off of the stage that first night, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was ecstatic, on a natural high. Suddenly, I had found my place in the world. As I have gotten older and more experienced, I have learned that acting is not just reciting lines in front of an audience. There is a technique to acting. It is known as the “method”, “method acting”, or the “Stanislavsky method”. The method was created by Konstantin Stanislavsky, a Russian actor, director,producer and founder of the Moscow Art Theatre which opened in 1898....   [tags: essays research papers] 1256 words
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Acting Technique - “Would that the stage were a tight rope where no incompetent would dare to tread.” -GOETHE Goethe is speaking from an author’s point of view. It is the actor’s tremendous and frustrating challenge to act in plays written by Goethe and other great playwrights. Actors have to communicate complex and subtle ideas, like those that appear in Strindberg, Ibsen, Shaw and Arthur Miller. The modern actor must have virtues that the playwright, perhaps, does not have, and one is the instinct that awakens the actor to act....   [tags: essays research papers] 1172 words
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Actors Must Go Beyond Immitation and Become the Character - Actors Must Go Beyond Immitation and Become the Character What is acting, who are people which we can name actors. In fact we are all actors. Every single human being is an actor in his everyday life. Yet acting can be subdivided into two parts depending on a professional basis or daily one. Within the professional acting there are two major categories, Imitation and the art of becoming. Imitation, is when an actor tries to mime or imitate a certain character by talking the same way and making similar physical gestures that the character him self would normally do....   [tags: Papers] 754 words
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The Given Circumstances and the Magic If in the Stanislavski System - The Given Circumstances and the Magic If in the Stanislavski System One of the most fundamental principles of the Stanislavski system is that an actor must always strive to achieve a sense of psychological and inner truth. They must have a clear understanding of the internal thoughts and emotions of their character, so that they are able to think and act as the character would to any given situation. He also believed that all action on stage should be done with a purpose, and that an actor must be aware of the motivations of the character and their overall objective with in a play, in order to make a performance as truthful and believable as possible: "All action in theatre must have inner justification, be logical, coherent, and real." One of Stanislavski's ideas of how to achieve a sense of inner truth is the use of the Magic 'If'....   [tags: Papers] 1884 words
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Exploring the Ideas of Stanislavski's System - Exploring the Ideas of Stanislavski's System There are many ways we can use Stanislavski’s system when preparing for a role as an actor. We can use ‘imagination’, ‘emotion memory’, and we can split the play into ‘units and objectives’. Stanislavski believed that “every movement you make, every word you speak … is the result of your imagination.” Using ‘imagination’ makes the role that the actor has to undertake more convincing. Stanislavski believed that there were three types of imagination: actors who can take the iniative to invoke their own imagination, actors who can be easily aroused by the director and then people who just do not respond at all....   [tags: Papers] 553 words
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The Most Useful Aspects of Stanisalvski's System - The Most Useful Aspects of Stanisalvski's System Stanislavski was a Russian theatre practitioner who disliked the melodramatic style of acting that was popular at that time in Russia. Stanislavski embarked on a quest for truth in his art and devoted his life to that journey. Stanislavski method required actors to experience the feeling of living the life of another human. The basis was that actors must believe everything that is happening on stage. Realism was the guiding of Stanislavski's life....   [tags: Papers] 542 words
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Hedda Gabler and the Lower Depths - Use of Surprise Suicide Ending - For Maxim Gorki and Henrik Ibsen, the "the surprise ending" is a device to highlight the extreme desperation and hopelessness man is often faced. In both cases, the plays end with an act of suicide - The Actor in The Lower Depths, and Hedda in Hedda Gabler. The alcoholic Actor dreamt of a far off hospital that helped drunkards by curing them of their disease. He struggles through out the play trying to find this path to redemption. Hedda tries to control a world that she is trapped in. This control would result in her freedom to exist in true self-expression....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 994 words
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Elizabethan Acting - Elizabethan Acting Elizabethan acting was far from ‘naturalistic.’ This statement is a widely debated topic. The repertory of the Elizabethan period was highly differed from that of today as was the demands on Elizabethan actors compared to today’s actors. Elizabethan playhouses in two weeks could often present “eleven performances of ten different plays”. Playhouses would not repeat the same play two days in a row. As an actor from the playhouses could often be all or a lot of these plays that were all running at the same time, the demands on the actor were huge....   [tags: Papers] 637 words
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The Use of Stanislavski's Ideas to Guide Actors During the Rehearsal Process - The Use of Stanislavski's Ideas to Guide Actors During the Rehearsal Process Stanislavski's ideas on relaxation, concentration of attention and tempo-rhythm went into great detail. He had very distinct, yet simple to follow ideas on each three, which actors still use and study to this day. Stanislavski dwelled on concentration of attention to a great extent. The use of attention when playing a role was considered very important. Concentrating on the attention was a skill that came from practise and focus, beginning in rehearsal and continuing into the final performance....   [tags: Konstantin Stanislavski Acting Theatre Essays] 1005 words
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Comparing and Contrasting Brecht and Stanislavski - Bertolt Brecht and Constantin Stanislavski are regarded as two of the most influential practitioners of the twentieth century, both with strong opinions and ideas about the function of the theatre and the actors within it. Both theories are considered useful and are used throughout the world as a means to achieve a good piece of theatre. The fact that both are so well respected is probably the only obvious similarity as their work is almost of complete opposites. Stanislavski was born in 1863 to a wealthy family who loved amateur theatricals....   [tags: Performance Arts] 1254 words
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Changes in Macbeth's Character throughout the Play - How I would advise the actor to portray the Dramatic changes in Macbeth’s Character throughout the play. Macbeth’s character throughout the play would be very complicated for any actor to portray, so there would be a large amount of hard work needed. During the play Macbeth portrays a large variety of different feelings e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, frustration etc, so I would have to thoroughly advise my actor on each scene of the play. Also, I would have to teach him on how to close the finishing speeches of Macbeth’s lines, these are very important because they carry a very big amount of significance and impact....   [tags: Drama] 1251 words
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Spanish Actors and Actresses - Spanish Actors and Actresses Benicio del Toro When Benicio Del Toro first announced to his father and siblings that he intended to pursue a career in acting, they didn't take the news very well. As Del Toro told one interviewer, "My family freaked when I told them I wanted to be an actor. It was like telling them I wanted to be an astronaut. On top of that, it was like saying that in order to be an astronaut, I was going to have to drive a cab in New York for five years....   [tags: Papers] 1404 words
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Boy-Actresses and the Character of Rosalind in As You Like It - Boy-Actresses and the Character of Rosalind in As You Like It        When Shakespeare wrote his plays, women were not permitted to perform on stage, so boys played all of the female characters.  Unlike many apprenticeships, a boy learning to become an actor had no set age at which to begin and no set length of how long to study, but they usually began around the age of ten and continued playing women or adolescent roles for about seven years.  These boys were apprenticed to a specific actor within an acting group, and were not attached to the organization as a whole.  There was a very strong teacher-pupil relationship between the adult actor and the boy, but there was also very often a father-son relationship.  The boys usually lived in the adult actors home with his family.  The idea of an apprentice is not difficult to imagine, but for many modern audiences, a boy playing the role of a women is very difficult to picture.  This picture is even more difficult to see when examining the plays of Shakespeare and the strong female characters that he often depicts.  (Bentley 117)   In Shakespeare's As You Like It, Rosalind has many layers and acts as a character taking on many different roles.  The idea that there is a boy playing a woman disguised as a man pretending to be a woman for wooing, is one that is confusing and yet makes sense.  What adds to this is the idea that Rosalind, disguised as Ganymede, is pretending to be Rosalind, not another woman, but herself.  One can see that she occasionally slips from the role of Ganymede pretending, to being Rosalind, with comments such as "And I am your Rosalind" (Norton 4.1-56) and "By my life, she will do as I do" (Norton 4.1-135).  In these instances it is as though Rosalind forgets that she is disguised as a man, but what does this mean for the actor playing her character?  For one it shows that he must be clear as to which role of the character he was playing.  As one can imagine   "An audience would be confused unless the performer, regardless of gender, made it clear when Rosalind herself was speaking, when the character was speaking as Ganymede, and when Ganymede was the stereotyped 'Rosalind'"  (Shapiro 122)....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays]
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James Stewart - James Stewart "In a career of extraordinary range and depth, Jimmy Stewart has come to embody on screen the very image of the typical American.... His idealism, his determination, his vulnerability, and above all, his basic decency shine through every role he plays..."-- The American Film Institute. The Nature of Film and Acting When film was young, acting was overdone. Low quality cameras could only record large movements; posing and enunciation were overstated as a result of theater acting; the development of the character was limited to a script....   [tags: Entertainment Film Papers]
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John Wayne as an American Icon - John Wayne as an American Icon Marion Morrison, also known as John Wayne, is perhaps one of the most popular movie personalities ever. He began as a mere stagehand, but by the end of his career he had developed himself as a very successful actor, producer, and director. Marion Michael Morrison was born on May 26, 1907, in Winterest, Iowa. His father, Clyde, worked as a pharmacist, and John Wayne thought of his father as the “kindest, most patient man I ever knew.” Later on in life, John Wayne’s father developed a critical lung disease....   [tags: John Wayne Marion Morrison Actors Essays]
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Directing a Scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Directing a Scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ In this essay I will imagine that I am directing a scene from Romeo and Juliet. I will be discussing how I would stage this scene in both modern and Shakespearean times. Throughout the play there are strong scenes of violence between the two warring families (the Capulets and the Montagues) and the scene I have chosen to base my essay on is a prime example of this. The scene I have chosen to discuss is act three scene one. This is an extremely powerful scene and is one of the most pivotal points in the play as it shows us the deaths of both Mercutio and Tybalt while also showing us the banishment of Romeo....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo Juliet Essays] 5480 words
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Theories of Symbolic Interactionism Exchange Theory and Rational Choice Theory - Theories of Symbolic Interactionism Exchange Theory and Rational Choice Theory This essay will address actions of individuals and the contribution individual actions make to the social structure, how society flows to the actor via the “Me” and is constructed or reconstructed by the “I,” giving the “I” a place in creating society. I will further analyze the theories and explore the impact of norms and values on the decisions by the actors. This analysis will include the concepts and theories of symbolic interactionism, exchange theory and rational choice theory, through the works of Mead, Blau, Homans, and Ritzer....   [tags: Papers] 807 words
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Greek Actors - GREEK DRAMA: the actors The actors in ancient tragedies were hired and paid by the state and assigned to the tragic poets probably by lot. By the middle of the fifth century three actors were required for the performance of a tragedy. In descending order of importance of the roles they assumed they were called protagonist ‘first actor’ (a term also applied in modern literary criticism to the central character of a play), Dueteragonist ‘second actor’ and tritagonist “third actor’....   [tags: essays research papers] 343 words
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Commedia dell’ Arte - Commedia dell’ Arte The first question is why use "commedia dell' arte" as a training tool for modern actors at all, since drama and the business of acting has hopefully moved on since the Italian Comedians finally left Paris. The fact remains, however, that the dominant form of acting today that both exists as the aspiring young actor's performance role model and as a category of performance in itself is T.V. naturalism. We are lucky in that something both inspirational and technical has survived from those heady times....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Directing and Acting in Plays West Side Story and Blood Brothers - Directing and Acting in Plays West Side Story and Blood Brothers For paper one unit two we were told by our teacher that we have to become an actor and a director of certain plays. The plays that we choose and are using for our coursework are 'West Side Story' and 'Blood brothers'. In this essay I will be describing the experience of the director and actor. I will explain positives and negatives and how things work out. Thought this essay I will be mentioning explorative strategies that helped me develop into becoming an excellent director and actor....   [tags: Papers] 548 words
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Précis on the Individual as the Unit of Analysis - Précis on the Individual as the Unit of Analysis Pluralists disaggregate the state since they do not see the state as a unified actor. They see it as individual units jockeying to be the one’s dictating policy. This compromises their ability to reach optimal conclusions since actors are inherently constrained by the forces that put them in the position to dictate policy. Therefore they are not rational actors since they seek their own ends over those of the group (state) which leads to suboptimal outcomes....   [tags: Politics] 782 words
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Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Preschool Children’s Use of the Verbal-Nonverbal Consistency Principle during Inconsistent Communications - Abstract This study investigated whether preschool children could use the conventional “actions speak louder than words” principle also known as the “verbal nonverbal consistency” principle to process information where verbal cues contradict nonverbal ques. Three through five year olds were shown a video where an actor drank a beverage and made a verbal statement (ex. I like it) that was inconsistent with her emotional expression (ex. frowning). The children were then asked whether or not the actor liked or disliked the beverage....   [tags: Child Development]
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The Art of Acting: A Study of Methods - The Art of Acting: A Study of Methods A Research Study I. THE PROBLEM The art of the stage actor is the most subjective, abstract process of all the arts. Musicians, painters, and dancers all have to develop a technique that is rooted in aesthetic tradition and proven by the masters of their fields. Historically, the techniques of great actors have not been expressed in written form, and their performances lost after the moment of their occurrence. There is, of course, a reason for this lack of information....   [tags: Papers] 2796 words
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Sidney Poiter - Sidney Poitier wasn’t the first great African-American actor, nor was he the first black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. What he did do was break the color barrier and gain widespread acceptance by audiences of all races because of his acting abilities and on screen presence. Sidney Poitier was born in Miami in 1927 to Bahamian parents but was raised on Cat Island in the Bahamas. As a newborn, he weighed only three pounds. His father had a shoebox waiting to bury him in. he, of course, survived....   [tags: Biography Biographies Bio] 933 words
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A Personalized Sergei Bodrov - ... “Rather than a place of constitutional, or any other order, Chechnya has for years been a lawless ghetto” (Smith 1). Many people in Chechnya feel like the Russian people owe them something; therefore, many laws are broken when there is a non-ethnic Chechen in the cities. Some of the attitudes of each role include sympathizing and opening the heart to different characters that need help. In Prisoner of the Mountains Dina (a little girl) and Vanya become good friends even though at first they are enemies....   [tags: Biography ]
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Jonson's Volpone - Homosexual Overtones in Volpone During the Renaissance, women did not participate in the theatre; hence, men, dressed in drag, played women's roles. This particular characteristic of Renaissance drama adds many dimensions, erotic and social, to the spectacle on the stage. However, "The primary difficulty in surveying this landscape results from the strong indications that early modern eroticism was fundamentally different from that today. Consequently, the challenge deciphering what may be radically different cultural codes for the Rena issance is formidable" (Zimmerman 7)....   [tags: Jonson Volpone] 479 words
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Director's Notes for William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Director's Notes for William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The purpose of this assignment is to write a set of director’s notes for the characters in act one scene V. These are Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and lord Capulet. I will explain and explore the characters and their relationships with other characters in the scene. Also what effects their actions in the scene have on the rest of the play. In this scene the character Romeo appears to have a very defying and cheeky attitude as he is in the heart of his sworn enemies....   [tags: Papers] 398 words
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Doubling in Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy - Doubling in Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy        The World's Classics version of Kyd's the Spanish Tragedy has more than fifty-three roles*. This number can go much higher depending on the exact number of plural parts the director decided to allot. In other words, the script may read simply "nobles," or "attendants" and the reader can not be completely sure of the number of people referred to. If the performing company was limited in players, there may be only two "knights" but if the director had a large cast he may send in six....   [tags: Spanish Tragedy Essays]
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Hamlet's Frustration - Hamlet's Frustration In order to understand Hamlet, we must understand his frustration. This frustration is most clear in his famous monologue, famously beginning with the line "Oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I." This self-condemnation is contrasted by his admiration for the actor of the previous scene, who "in a fiction" is able to "force his soul to his own conceit." The word "soul" is an example of metonymy, as the soul represents the actor's "visage," "tears," "distraction," and "voice." Thus Hamlet equates "soul" with one's actions, so by his own comparison his soul is weak, as he does not take action against the king....   [tags: Hamlet]
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If you were directing the play "a view from a bridge" what - If you were directing the play "a view from a bridge" what advice would you give to the actor playing Eddie about his character. Use quotations and close reference to the text. "A view from a bridge" is a play with five main characters. Eddie and Beatrice are married whilst they adopt Catherine, who is Eddie's niece. Marco and Rudolfo are their cousins who come to stay from Sicily. They are both illegal immigrants. A situation in the play occurs where Eddie becomes possessive of Catherine while Rudolfo plans to marry her....   [tags: Drama] 1089 words
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Overcoming Stage Freight - Overcoming Stage Freight *Missing Works Cited Sarah feels totally confident as she looks over her lines for the final time before the curtain opens. She landed the leading role in her favorite play, Romeo and Juliet. She practiced and rehearsed over and over again to perfect her character; she is ready. As the curtain raises and the play begins, she watches the audience; “Where did all these people come from?” she asked, “I didn’t expect this many!” She starts to feel a tingle, a tingle in the back of her neck....   [tags: Papers] 884 words
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