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Acting: The First Six Lessons (Bridges) - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Acting: The First Six Lessons (Bridges)

Beau Bridges, Emily Bridges

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573600951

"[This show] 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

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

75 Minutes

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


Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes


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 life lessons 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!" - StageSceneLA

"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.



1m, 1f


The male actor who plays The Teacher also plays the part of a Film Director and a Casting Director.  The female actor who plays The Creature also plays The Aunt.  The genders are flexible, and may be changed in casting.

THE TEACHER - A cantankerous, once renowned acting teacher reluctantly finds himself taking on a new acting student, not knowing that the lessons he offers her will also have a profound effect in his own life.
THE CREATURE - At 18, she is a bright-eyed, naive, yet fearless girl who desperately wants to become an actress. From her first challenging lesson, she ages gracefully into a thoughtful woman who treasures her playfully combative relationship with her beloved teacher.
FILM DIRECTOR - He is on a time crunch and losing patience with his young engenue. Time is money!
CASTING DIRECTOR - He has been conducting auditions all day and his composure wears thin when the ambitious Creature bursts in late.
THE AUNT - A bellicose older woman, she loves her neice, The Creature, and is aware of her talent, but is skeptical of The Teacher's lessons, and is eager to set him straight.

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N/A (Not a musical)

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges is an Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning actor and co-author (along with his daughter, Emily Bridges) of Acting: The First Six Lessons, a new play based on the book by Richard Boleslavsky and published by Samuel French. view full profile

Emily Bridges

Emily Bridges

Emily Bridges is the co-author (along with her father, Beau Bridges) of an original play, published by Samuel French, based on Richard Boleslavsky's Acting: The First Six Lessons. Emily graduated for Fordham University's Theatre Program in 2008 and has since worked as an actor in Los Angeles and New York City. view full profile

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