Flashcards in Monologue Test Deck (19):
Who is Stanislavski?
Russian Actor & Co-founder of Moscow Theatre Company, observed that gifted actors create natural believable characters by showing natural actions and reactions
What did Stanislavski do?
Developed a system of techniques for creating realistic acting
What did Stanislavski say?
"the actor must first of all believe in everything that takes place on stage, and most of all, he must believe in what he himself is doing"
What are the first 3 Elements of an Action?
The Magic If, Given Circumstances, and Imagination
What are the last 4 Elements of an Action?
Concentration of Attention, Truth & Belief, Communion, Emotional Memory
Describe "The Magic If"
When the actor asks "What would I do if I were in the same situation"
Describe "Given Circumstances"
The 5 W's of the script
The actor must have a rich imagination. He must observe people and their behaviour
Describe "Concentration of Attention"
The actor must focus all of his attention on the stage not on the problems of the outside world
Describe "Truth and Belief"
The actor must truly believe in the make belief vworld he is creating. An audience will not be deceived by and actor who is not truthful to his character
The actor must put all of his effort into communicating with his stage partners and with the audience
Describe "Emotional Memory"
The actor needs to express stage experiences and NOT real ones. Therefore if an actor can use the "feelings" that he experienced in a similar situation to influence his actions on stage.
Define "Super Objective"
The "context" or "main theme" of the play - main motivation
The character's motivation at different points in his monologue or play - there can be several different objectives
Actions or dialogue that stop/prevent the character from achieving his objective
Natural pauses in the monologue/dialogue when a character changes emotion and objective
What does the actor want to do (non-physical) present tense verb e.g to flirt with the boy next door
The physical response to the "tactic" e.g. twirl my hair with my finger while talking to him