Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From fear to freedom: Overcoming obstacles and living truthfully in a role
by McLeod, Deborah J., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 74; 1486660
Abstract (Summary)

This project report examines the utilization of the psychophysical techniques of F. M. Alexander and Konstantin Stanislavski in overcoming singer and actor blocks to freely and truthfully realize a role as applied to the creation of the character of Sara Jane Moore in the musical play Assassins, by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, and produced by California Repertory Company on September 27-0ctober 20, 2007.

Chapter 1 focuses on the tools specific to the Alexander Technique in making better choices in one's "Use" of the body and voice and to Stanislavski's "system," which consciously stimulates the organic, natural state of the subconscious, or "The Creative State." Implementation of these techniques allows for the attainment of "living the part" in truth and ease.

Chapter 2 details the application of these techniques employed in overcoming both internal and external obstacles in the creation and realization of the role.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fleming, Craig
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Theater
Keywords: Sondheim, Stephen, Weidman, John
Publication Number: 1486660
ISBN: 978-1-124-28268-8
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