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“On my Feet” Scene Study Technique by Eric Stone

Make the place here and now/activities/objects/ condition/ atmosphere, and read again focusing primarily on those aspects. Never go for emotion at any early stage of the rehearsal process. Continue reading

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“Off My Feet” Scene Study Technique by Eric Stone

“Off my feet” refers to the time an actor spends working on the scene before s/he actually “gets up” to rehearse it. More work is done on theme, understanding, plot, and readings of the work. The actor should aim at developing his or her own technique based on life experience, acting training, and personal intuition. All aspects of the above scene study technique will be explored in depth. It is required that you familiarize yourself with all the scene study vocabulary and distinctions in technique class. I highly recommended that you read Uta Hagen’s excellent book: RESPECT FOR ACTING. In addition to having been trained by Miss Hagen personally in New York City, I happen to believe that this is the best, most comprehensive reference book on the craft of acting. Continue reading

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Understanding Scene Study by Eric Stone

First approach…ground zero…read, study, relax, let the play speak to you. Do not impose your point of view or judge too soon what it is all about. Let it work on you. Try not to read as your character but instead without coloring or emotional input. Read it out loud and with your partner as m Continue reading

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Scene Study Questions & Tools by Eric Stone

Scene study is a different process than cold reading. Cold reading is immediate, heightened, choices are made to give a “performance”. Scene study is a “process”, a day-to-day discovery of the play structure, its spine and theme as well as a discovery and exploration of who the characters are. The play reveals itself slowly from “ground zero”. Continue reading

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