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A sense of direction : some observations on the art of directing

Author: William Ball
Publisher: New York : Drama Book Publishers, [1984] ©1984
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"William Ball, founder and general director of the acclaimed American Conservatory Theatre, engages his audience in a wide-ranging discussion of the director's process - from first reading through opening night. Mr. Ball offers a candid, personal account of his method of working - including the choice of a play's essential elements, preproduction homework, casting, and rehearsal techniques"--Cover.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ball, William, 1931-1992.
Sense of direction.
New York : Drama Book Publishers, ©1984
(OCoLC)561115096
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Ball
ISBN: 0896760812 9780896760813 0896760820 9780896760820
OCLC Number: 10780212
Description: xiv, 180 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Art, consciousness, belief, unity. Theatre as art form ; Show business and entertainment ; Source of theatre ; Revelation of universe ; Making believe ; Harmony among the components ; Transcendence into oneness --
Intuition, creativity, positation. Perfect right thought ; The learning process ; Intuition and absolute intelligence ; Universe expresses itself ; Unlimited creativity ; Say yes to everything ; Intellect and ego ; Left brain, the nuisance ; Allow nature to work for you --
The cornerstones for success. General beauty ; Healthy respect for traditional form ; Predominant element ; World of the play ; Metaphor --
Auditions and casting. The right actor ; Casting to type ; The actor at his worst ; Kindness ; Rapid effectiveness ; Gratitude and praise --
How to say good-bye ; The wrong actor ; Length of audition ; "To whom do I play?" ; Courtesy auditions --
Relation to actors. Fear ; Failure ; Praise ; Battles ; Forgiveness ; Questions ; Challenges and opportunities ; Intellect ; Touching ; Schedule ; Attention span ; Learning process ; Interruptions ; Illustrations ; Encouragement ; Outside rehearsals ; Discussions between actors ; Open rehearsals ; Scapegoatism ; Depersonalization ; Offstage relationships ; How not to praise an actor --
Objectives. The golden key ; A system of wants ; The quest for the objective ; Indicating ; Finding actable verbs ; Upgrading the choice ; The crowbars: get and make --
The rehearsal process. Preproduction homework ; Design conferences ; Text preparation ; First reading ; Measure of success ; Sitting rehearsal ; Blocking ; Composition and picturization ; Memorization ; Working rehearsal ; Improvisation ; Walkthroughs ; Runthroughs ; Notes ; Fitting room ; Special scenes ; Costume parade ; Dry technical ; Dressing room assignment ; Technical rehearsal ; Dress rehearsal ; Curtain calls ; Previews ; Opening night --
Connotations. Uniforms, flags, and banners ; Connotative color ; Incidental music ; Budget ; Supernumeraries ; Aphorisms on comedy ; Beware the unresolved gestalt --
An epilogue. The courage to act ; "Get lost, Toto!" --
Appendix: Acting terms and techniques.
Responsibility: William Ball.

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"William Ball, founder and general director of the acclaimed American Conservatory Theatre, engages his audience in a wide-ranging discussion of the director's process - from first reading through opening night. Mr. Ball offers a candid, personal account of his method of working - including the choice of a play's essential elements, preproduction homework, casting, and rehearsal techniques"--Cover.

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