The Lee Strasberg Notes by Lola Cohen, Martin Sheen

By Lola Cohen, Martin Sheen

The Lee Strasberg Notes reproduces the unique teachings of a special voice in actor education, for the first actual time. it's a beautiful record within the background and ongoing perform of Strasberg’s process. Compiled and edited by means of Lola Cohen, the booklet is predicated on unpublished transcripts of Strasberg’s personal sessions on appearing, directing and Shakespeare. It recreates his theoretical technique, in addition to the sensible routines utilized by his scholars, and brilliantly conveys his process and character. The ebook good points Strasberg’s teachings on: • education and workouts • Characters and scenes • Directing and the tactic • Shakespeare and Stanislavski • The theater, performing and actors. together with a Preface by means of Anna Strasberg and a Foreword via Martin Sheen, this illuminating ebook brings the reader towards Strasberg’s personal equipment than the other, making it a ravishing source for college students, actors, and administrators.

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Before practicing a sense memory exercise, always do the relaxation exercise first and continue to check it throughout the exercise. When the exercise isn’t working, don’t change to a different one in midstream. If you get bored, tired, or frustrated during the exercise, go back to relaxation for a few minutes then return to the exercise and remember, always focus on working slowly and specifically. We’re after the sensory reality, not the action of the muscles. There’s a caution. The tendency on the part of the actor is sometimes to place too much stress and reliance on his emotional response to the sense memory exercises.

During this exercise, we permit the actors to leave the chair and move. Pick a specific part of the body where you’ve experienced a sharp pain so the mind knows where to focus concentration. Now try to re-create that sensation. Let the pain spread throughout the whole body, not only the isolated area. This is challenging because, in life, we try to rid ourselves of pain, not re-live and prolong it. I warn them that it may work very powerfully and that they should take it easy and always relax. We only assign the pain exercise if the student seems quite all right and in control.

Hear any sounds the liquid makes in the cup or as you swallow it. Your arms should be relaxed. Don’t imitate what you did with the real object. Re-experience the sensations, not the physical imitation of remembered muscular behavior. Mirror/make-up or shaving The second exercise is also something that’s done daily – looking in the mirror. For women, it’s putting on make-up and combing their hair; for men, it’s shaving. At home, practice with the real mirror 17 THE LEE STRASBERG NOTES and objects, then with the imaginary.

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