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William Esper Studio
Wednesdays and Thursdays

This page is meant to keep you uptodate on assignments.

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The reading list with links to some online versions :

Doll House
The Lesson
Three Sisters
A Streetcar Named Desire
Ah! Wilderness
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Romeo and Juliet

Download assignments:

Doll House

The Lesson

Three Sisters

click to pronounce those names!

For ordering hard copies of Five Approaches to Acting at a discount:

Ask about the coupon code in class.

It will work for any or all of the Five Approaches books on the University Publishing Solutions site; it will not work on the Hansen Publishing site. The coupon expires December 31, 2013.

Here's the link for the site

Links for individual books that relate to work we've done in class so far:

Part 1: Getting to the Task

Part 2: Playing Episodes

Part 3: World of the Play

From Moonstruck

RONNY: Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is and I didn't know this either. But love don't make things nice, it ruins everything, it breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We're not here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. We are here to ruin ourselves and break our hearts and love the wrong people and die!

Drury Lane Theater, London, in 1808. The size of the house worked against subtle gestures and quiet voices.

Stanislavsky was inspired, in part, by the emphasis on psychology in 19th century Russian paintings.

Below Ilya Repin's The Unexpected Return (1884)

Next semester's reading list:

Death of a Salesman
The Homecoming (by Harold Pinter)
When Harry Met Sally

Tartuffe (Richard Wilbur translation)
Good Person of Szechwan
(Manheim/Willett translation)
Iphigenia in Aulis (M.S. Merwin translation)
Circle Mirror Transformation

Starts January 14th & 15th