|"American actors and students tend to be afraid of Shakespeare. Even the most well-trained actors often feel that they are missing a tool when it comes to the language of the great playwright. And they are right! They are missing the inherent power of the words." Teacher and director Wesley Van Tassel offers simple and straightforward solutions to this problem. Using examples from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, he tells actors how to break down the verse, support the words, understand the images, and use the text to create vibrant, living performances. These engaging exercises will help actors to master the principles of: Scansion; Structure; Rhythm; Phrasing; Antithesis; Caesura; Text Analysis; Breathing; and Imagery.|
"Clues to Acting Shakespeare is conveniently divided into three sections for actors-in-training, high school drama students and teachers, and professional actors and coaches who need to brush up their skills. Readers will renew their passion for Shakespeare and gain technical mastery of the playwright's classic." - From the cover.
Praise for Clues to Acting Shakespeare:
"This book is written simply and clearly. Van Tassel supplies all the tools necessary for actor, teacher, or student. The author is a born director with a natural talent for coaching the actor or student. And his book is incredibly useful to any actor." - Don Perkins, actor, Williamstown Theatre Festival
"The scope and quality of this book boggles the mind! It will be an excellent addition to the field." -Sanford Robbins, director and head, Professional Theatre Training Program, University of Delaware