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“Living is a process. Acting is the act of laying oneself bare, of fearing off the mask of daily life, of exteriorizing oneself. It is a serious and solemn act of revelation. It is like a step towards the summit of the actor’s organism in which are united consciousness and instinct.”
— Jerzy Grotowski

 

 

“Action is the direct agent
of the heart.”
— Delsarte

Books & Plays

Newly published plays & theatre books, which can be found at
The Drama Book Shop.

New Plays:

Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield $9.95

Annapurna by Sharr White $9.95

Pink Mist by Owen Sheers $14.99

Product by Mark Ravenhill $10.95

Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn $14.95

Fetch Clay: Make Man by Will Power $14.95

Emerging Artist Grant by Angus McLachlan $9.95

Neva by Guillermo Calderon, Andrea Thome (translator) $15.95

Books:

Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights by Stella Adler, editor: Barry Paris $16.95

Beside Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Gurgis $14.95

Black Broadway: Africans Americans on the Great White Way by Stewart Lane $39.95

Stairway to Paradise: Growing up Gershwin by Nadia Natali $29.95

The Actors Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique by William Esper, Damon DiMarco $19.95

Acting Teachers of America by Ronald Rand, photos by Luigi Scorcia $19.95

Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work & Family by Swoozie Kurtz & Joni Rodgers $16.95

Joan Littlewood: Dreams & Realities by Peter J. Rankin $26.95

Olivier by Philip Ziegler $16.99

Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians by Robert Staffanson $42.00

Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright by Sarah Solovitch $26.00

Acting Lions by Penny Templeton $19.95

Unwritten, The Story of a Living System: A Pathway to Enlivening and Transforming Education by Lori L. Desautels, Ph.D. and Michael McKnight, M.A. $17.00

Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovsky $20.00

Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor by Jack Garfein $19.95


The Drama Book Shop


"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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