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How To Read A Play
Softcover, 96 pages
Grove Weidenfeld, 1977
Ostensibly an introductory guide to the art of translating the printed page of a play into dramatic mental images, this book is really a wittty, basic handbook to drama and all the elements that compose it. How should we read stage directions? How can we imagine the theatrical effect of a sound effect? And of silence? What about the effect of colors, costumes, groupings, relative positions on the stage? Are characters sometimes saying something quite different from what their words are saying? In the course of answering these and many more questions, Hayman talks aout the use of space, momentum and suspense, the silence under the words, identity and character, irony and ambiguity, meaning and experience--in short, all the many elements which can give life to the printed page as much as a musical performance does to a printed score. The book thus becomes a basic guide book to the art of drama.
A theater critic, actor, and playwright, Ronald Hayman is also the author of Techniques of Acting, as well as many books on such dramatists as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, and Arthur Miller.
A small gem in excellent condition, clean with tight binding, previous owner's name written neatly on half-title page, no other writing, marks or tear, very minimal cover wear at corners, no remainder marks, not ex-library. We generally ship within 24 hours and always provide delivery tracking numbers for domestic shipments.