Acting by Richard Boleslavsky
The First Six Lessons

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“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

Boleslavsky’s 'The First Six Lessons,' “in dialogue form, stand alone in their field. Gaily as they are told, there is not a word in any of them that is not seriously to the point, that is not calculated, out of long years of work and study as an actor and as a director in the professional and in the art theatre, to help a young actor on his way. They actually select his tools for him and show him how to use them. And that is a grateful task. For while an actor’s tools are all within his own body and mind and spirit, they are by their very nearness harder to isolate and put to special use than tools of wood and iron. Concentration and observation, experience and memory, movement and poise, creation and projection—an actor must make them all the servants of his talent.”—E.J.R. Isaacs
 

About Richard Boleslavsky

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Richard Boleslavsky was a member of the Moscow Art Theater and cofounder of the American Laboratory Theater School, which trained Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler among other actors and teachers, playing an important role in bringing Stanislavsky's techniques to America. Although he directed Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s, his enduring work is contained in this book.
 
Published May 13, 2013 by New Albany. 154 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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