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Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights: Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee

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“Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.”
 
“You must get beneath the words before you can say them. The text must be in you. It is your job to fill, not to empty the words. They can only be used if they come out of what you need to say.”   
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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WB1
Sep 27, 2012 WB1 rated it it was amazing
Stella Adler, a grand dame of the American theater, a legendary acting teacher, a mentor of Marlon Brando, wife of Harold Clurman, delivered a series of lectures to students in the 1970s and 1980s in California that were recently published by Knopf.
Although Adler died in 1992, these lectures, edited by Barry Paris, are vivid, funny, blunt, acerbic, often brilliant -- and timely.
The crux of the book is Adler's dissection of about a dozen plays --scene-by-scene. It sounds tedious. But it's rive
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Maria Menozzi
Oct 07, 2013 Maria Menozzi rated it it was amazing
If you are a writer, reader, playgoer, theater lover or actor, you will love this book. I read also
Stella Adler on Strindberg, Ibsen and Chekhov which is a history lesson on not just the playwrights themselves but the background of the times that encompassed their works. This book does the same thing and is directly transcribed from her lectures to her classes at her studio. Since these are contemporary playwrights, there is political as well as historical material here to consider when reading
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May 13, 2015 Hillary rated it liked it
Quite educational. Reminded me of a book I'd have to read in English class, but this time I tried to pay attention (haha). I do recommend it if you ever want to know how to interpret the popular American plays...I definitely learned a lot.
Mark Johnson
Sep 21, 2012 Mark Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theater
This collection of edited transcripts from Stella Adler's acting classes isn't quite up to the standard set in the earlier volume on Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov, but it does provide additional insight into Ms. Adler's personality. A good companion to the earlier book.
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