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By Richard Boleslavsky

This vintage paintings on performing is among the only a few that stands beside Stanislavsky as essential for all appearing scholars and pros. Richard Boleslavsky's appearing: the 1st Six classes is a treasure-box of clever commentary concerning the artwork of appearing, all wrapped up in six captivating dialogues among a instructor and a pupil. Generations of actors were enriched via Boleslavsky's witty and acute photograph of the actor's craft. those six "lessons" - miniature dramas approximately focus and reminiscence of emotion - distill the problem dealing with each actor. For this reissue the textual content has been solely reset and the publication jacketed in a latest layout. an important paintings at the brief shelf of any performing scholar.

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I: Then what difference does it make? The theatre exists to show things which do not exist actually. When you love on the stage, do you really love? Be logical. You substitute creation for the real thing. The creation must be real, but that is the only reality that should be there. Your experience of double feeling was a 28 THE SECOND LESSON fortunate accident. Through your will power and the knowledge of your craft you have organized it and re-created it. It is now in your hands. Use it if your artistic sense tells you that it is relative to your problem and creates a wouldbe life.

What else has Arthur Collins done? I: This is the last work he ever did. He died —thirty-five years of age. He was a promising sculptor. Though young, he influenced many of the modern masters. THE CREATURE: I can see it. Isn’t it wonderful that he left his work behind him so that we can look at it, trace the line of creative descent, and understand the vision of our contemporaries. I: It is wonderful, indeed. Wouldn’t you like to see and hear Mrs. Siddons right now, acting the lines: 38 THE THIRD LESSON “Here’s the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

I am happy when I act and still I don’t know how! I don’t know how! What shall I do? If they fire me, it will be the end of me. And the worst of it all is that I know only too well what they will all say. They will say, “You are very good, but you lack experience”—and that’s all. What is that cursed experience? There isn’t a thing anybody can tell me about that part—I know everything about it. I look like it, I feel every single minute of it and each change. I know I can act it. And then—“experience”!

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