Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The moment before, the moment before
by Billings-Blankenship, Alexandra, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 85; 1523258
Abstract (Summary)

The actor's journey of self to character from the dressing room to the stage will be analyzed by way of Constantine Stanislavsky's Event Analysis and the Process of Evaluation, using Richard Schechner's Liminal Space as the foundation. Stanislavsky breaks down the mechanics of what happens to an actor as they go from one event to the next, and Dr. Schechner invites the actor's infinite imagination to live truthfully in the middle of that transition.

This process consists of constant practice, and the ability to dream. By crossing a threshold from one event to the next and by examining the space in between events, the actor learns the mechanics, the equations, and then, most importantly, to "un- think" them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gordon, Joanne
Commitee: LeBank, Ezra, O'Gorman, Hugh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater History, Theater
Keywords: Event analysis, Liminal space, Stanislavsky, Constantine, Transition, Viewpoints
Publication Number: 1523258
ISBN: 978-1-303-20722-8
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