PLAYING THE VERB
One of Constantin Stanislavski's great revelations is the value of using a verb to identify the sub-textural qualities of a performance. The simple value of this process is that it labels the actor's intention/purpose/"need" in an active mode rather than a passive or a descriptive one. To be actively engaged in the drama is the actor's primary goal. Just look at the publicity poster for any movie. The images they use are always the ones where the actor is actively focused.
is essential for the actor. It is also one of the basic principles which is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. The Rehearsal Room workshops explore this area with great clarity.
The most significant rules The Rehearsal Room advocates are to -
Check your choice in that well used and trusted Stanislavski phrase - "I want to . you." It is a simple and very useful practice.
HERE ARE THE VERBS ...
Actors who understand and trust such simple and effective "needs" as those listed above give feedback to The Rehearsal Room such as ... "I wish I had known this years ago" "I have learnt more useful practice here in two days than I did in twelve months of tertiary study."
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