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Stage directing : [a practical guide]
Baldwin, Chris.
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Ramsbury : Crowood, [2003]

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144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Part one: Before rehearsals -- Choosing the play -- Finding a producer and project planning -- The pre-production period -- Preparing the text -- Part two: Rehearsals -- Rehearsals and actors -- Rehearsals and the technical and directorial team -- Part three: The first night and beyond -- The first night -- Long runs and touring.
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Stage Directing: A Practical Guide demystifies the art of directing for the stage. Offering detailed advice on every aspect of the process, it explores the ways in which a carefully orchestrated performance can be made to appear fresh and spontaneous. It shows how the ties between play, performers, and audience can be strengthened, and how the strategic intervention of the director can help to produce the most polished and elegant performances. Written for all those involved in the direction of stage plays, it is both a practical guide and an inspirational companion on the road from page to stage. Chris Baldwin is a theater director and playwright; he has directed for many theaters in Britain, Poland, Germany, and Spain. He has also taught directing and dramaturgy at various European colleges and is a former head of Drama and Theatre at King Alfred's College, England.

Author Notes

Chris Baldwin is a theatre director and playwright. He trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, London, and has since written and/or directed for many theatres in the UK, Poland, Germany and Spain. He has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught directing and dramaturgy at colleges in Germany, Spain, and the UK, and he was head of Drama and Theatre at King Alfred's College, Winchester. He continues to teach various courses for theatre institutes and drama organizations in Poland, Spain, France, Germany, Cuba, Slovakia, and Sweden

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Library Journal Review

Baldwin (Devised and Collaborative Theatre: A Practical Guide) has written and directed for theaters across Europe. The emphasis here is on the "three-cornered hat" of Play, Audience, and Space and on the thorough analysis of each required for a successful production. The book itself is divided into three sections: "Before Rehearsals" (play selection, pre-production work, text preparation), "Rehearsals" (working with actors and production teams), and "The First Night and Beyond" (opening night, long runs, touring). While Baldwin is clearly addressing professional theater by including such concerns as contracts with actors and long runs of productions, the basic techniques covered would be useful to directors at all levels. Baldwin uses a variety of selections from plays and practical exercises to illustrate specific points. There is not much new here, however. Earlier publications, such as William Ball's A Sense of Direction and James and Wanda Rodgers's Play Director's Survival Kit, cover much the same material for an equal or lesser price. This is, nevertheless, a well-conceived, well-written work deserving of consideration.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Offering a straightforward, clear path for the novice director, this logically organized volume is much better laid out than more familiar volumes. The charts are helpful; the advice is sound. Many of the photographs are amusing, though rather inappropriate for the author's serious purpose. In short, this is a how-to book: it offers a fine set of rules from which to stray, a set of rules to understand and make a part of one's personal approach to directing (though the content and context of the individual production often alter the rules of directing). Baldwin's book is a good basic guide for the fledgling community theater director or for the neophyte student director. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and beginning professionals. J. H. Conger III Northern Kentucky University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Part 1 Before Rehearsalsp. 9
1 Choosing the Playp. 10
2 Finding a Producer and Project Planningp. 27
3 The Pre-Production Periodp. 33
4 Preparing the Textp. 50
Part 2 Rehearsalsp. 69
5 Rehearsals and Actorsp. 70
6 Rehearsals and the Technical and Directorial Teamp. 95
Part 3 The First Night and Beyondp. 111
7 The First Nightp. 112
8 Long Runs and Touringp. 117
Endnotep. 127
Appendix An Episodic Analysis of A Doctor in Spite of Himself by Moliere (1622-73)p. 129
Glossary of Termsp. 136
Bibliographyp. 139
Indexp. 141