Performing Arts

Sanford Meisner on Acting

Sanford Meisner on Acting

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and...

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Making Movies

Making Movies

Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout—involving more...

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Walt Disney

Walt Disney

The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history: Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive...

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True and False

True and False

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...

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The Actor's Art and Craft

The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach...

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The Devil Finds Work

The Devil Finds Work

Baldwin’s personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also a probing appraisal of American racial politics. Offering an incisive look at racism in American...

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The Annotated Big Sleep

The Annotated Big Sleep

The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 classic The Big Sleep features hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel and is an essential addition to...

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Something Like An Autobiography

Something Like An Autobiography

Translated by Audie E. Bock."A first rate book and a joy to read.... It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book.... Also...

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Three Uses of the Knife

Three Uses of the Knife

The purpose of theater, like magic, like religion . . . is to inspire cleansing awe. What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment?...

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A Practical Handbook for the Actor

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer...

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Oleanna

Oleanna

In a terrifyingly short time, a male college instructor and his female student descend from a discussion of her grades into a modern reprise of the Inquisition....

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Look, I Made a Hat

Look, I Made a Hat

Both a remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of a living legend, and a continuation of the acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim...

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The Movie Musical!

The Movie Musical!

Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is an in-depth look at the singing, dancing, happy-making world of Hollywood musicals, beautifully illustrated in color and black-and-white--an essential text for...

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The Conversations

The Conversations

The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through....

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Women of Will

Women of Will

Women of Will is a fierce and funny exploration of Shakespeare’s understanding of the feminine. Tina Packer, one of our foremost Shakespeare experts,...

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Acting as a Business, Fifth Edition

Acting as a Business, Fifth Edition

The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition. Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable...

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An Empire of Their Own

An Empire of Their Own

A provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of America's motion picture industry. ...

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This Is Shakespeare

This Is Shakespeare

An electrifying new study that investigates the challenges of the Bard’s inconsistencies and flaws, and focuses on revealing—not resolving—the ambiguities of the plays and their...

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101 Stories of the Great Ballets

101 Stories of the Great Ballets

Authored by one of the ballet's most respected experts, this volume includes scene-by-scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed...

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Before Sunrise & Before Sunset

Before Sunrise & Before Sunset

In one volume, the screenplays to two contemporary classics, directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, about the immediate and life-altering attraction...

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Finishing the Hat

Finishing the Hat

The winner of seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and more—Stephen Sondheim’s career has spanned more than half a century; his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture. In Finishing...

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Which Lie Did I Tell?

Which Lie Did I Tell?

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of All the President's MenThe Princess Bride, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, here is essential reading for both the...

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The Heidi Chronicles

The Heidi Chronicles

The graduating seniors of a Seven Sisters college, trying to decide whether to pattern themselves after Katharine Hepburn or Emily Dickinson. Two young women besieged by the demands of mothers, lovers,...

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An Acrobat of the Heart

An Acrobat of the Heart

"The actor will do, in public, what is considered impossible." When the renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski began his 1967 American workshop with these words, his students were stunned....

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