Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Class, power, and speech in “Festen”
by Bell, Nancy, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 50; 1486399
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis argues that the actor's process of using voice and speech techniques can function as the primary inspiration for creating a character. In particular, it chronicles my own performance of Else in Festen , directed by Joanne Gordon in 2009 at California Repertory Theatre. Chapter 1 focuses on the history and features of the work of Edith Skinner, and the controversies surrounding her theories. Chapter 2 focuses on my use of Skinner's method in rehearsal while creating and discovering the role of Else. Chapter 3 reports on how this process has informed my understanding of Skinner's and my own work, both as an actor and a teacher.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gordon, Joanne
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Linguistics, Theater
Keywords: Eldridge, David
Publication Number: 1486399
ISBN: 9781124243214
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