Documents from the American Laboratory Theatre
For actors by an actor of rare subtlety and imagination; for directors by a brilliant versatile director. Richard Boleslavsky's knowledge of the theatre was based on wide experience. A member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of its First Studio, he worked in Russia, Germany and America as actor, director and teacher. On Broadway, he produced plays and musical comedies and was a leading Hollywood director in the early days of cinema. "Under their apparent simplicity and light-heartedness, (the lessons are) profound and to the point. Both beginners and established actors, who take their work seriously, will find stimulation in this book."—Sir Alec Guinness
The First Lesson: CONCENTRATION Additional material includes eight Boleslavsky lectures from the American Laboratory Theatre and notes on acting with Maria Ouspenskaya.
The Second Lesson: MEMORY OF EMOTION
The Third Lesson: DRAMATIC ACTION
The Fourth Lesson: CHARACTERIZATION
The Fifth Lesson: OBSERVATION
The Sixth Lesson: RHYTHM