Full Length Play
Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
Time Period - Present Day, 1930s
Settings Of Play - The play can be done as simply as this: with two actors, two chairs, a table, and a tea set.
The action of the play takes place in a 1930's studio apartment, a park, a film studio, the apartment of a fussy older woman, and at the top of the empire state
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
No Special Cautions
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Beau Bridges, winner of three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy Award teams up with his daughter, actress Emily Bridges, to create this stage version of Richard Boleslavsky’s 1933 narrative about a dedicated acting teacher who, while instructing a young actress in her craft, gives her valuable lessons for living as well. Over the course of ten scenes, the action moves from the teacher’s studio to a small theater to a film set to Central park and back, and finally, to a moving denouement atop the Empire State Building in 1936.
"Whether you are a student of acting, or simply a lover of good theater, Acting: The First Six Lessons has many tips to offer and many life lessons to bestow... [It is] an enthralling and edifying hour and a half of theatre... a big, big hit!" - Stage Scene LA
"For actors, students of acting and aficionados of the art and craft of theatre the Bridges bring Boleslavsky’s First Six Lessons to life... The audience is swept away." - On Stage LA
"This is an enlightening, heart touching and soul searching production that holds its audience captive throughout." - The Toloucan Times
"You wouldn’t think you could make a theater piece out of a textbook on acting, but Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily have done it - beautifully." - Examiner.com
"[This play] is a beautifully written and acted gem for the theatre community and world at large... A very stimulating and uniquely entertaining evening of theatre not to be missed!" - Grigware Talks Theatre
"[This play] should be seen twice, once to enjoy the story and again to learn the lessons that work equally well in life as on stage...Rare and Wonderful!" - Examiner.com
Acting: The First Six Lessons by Emily Bridges and Beau Bridges premiered on April 9, 2010 at Theatre West in Los Angeles. It was produced by John Gallogly and Emily Bridges and directed by Charlie Mount.