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True and False : Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

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One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.Acting schools, interpretation, sense memory, The Method David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False isas shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0679772642
  • 9780679772644
  • 40,504

About David Mamet

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, includingHeist, Spartan, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, and the Oscar-nominatedThe Verdict. His more than twenty plays includeOleanna, The Cryptogram, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Pulitzer PrizewinningGlengarry Glen Ross. Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company."show more

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"Mamet manages to demolish the myths...that pass for theory with regard o acting and directing. . . True and Falseis a revealing book of the highest order and a pleasure to read" Anthony Hopkins "Hard-edged, pragmatic and idealistic. . . . Every actor or would-be actor should read this book." Chicago Tribune "Trenchant...Meet s pared-down, occasionally cryptic prose can make powerful sense." The New York Times "This book should be read and considered by everyone who acts." Steve Martin"show more

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