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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Releasing from the inside out: The development of the role of Helene in “Festen”
by Steers, Anna Virginia, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 10; 1486681
Abstract (Summary)

This project report examines the process of creating authentic exchange with the audience, as realized in the role of Helene in Festen, by David Eldridge. The play was produced by the California Repertory Company at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, September 24–October 17, 2009.

I intend to demonstrate the effectiveness and profundity in developing conscious technique whereby life experiences are employed to support and activate the life of the character. Using the methods of substitution and emotional memory, professed by Uta Hagen, I examine the success when activating technique in balanced conjunction with personal experiences as a means to cultivate contextual spontaneity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schilling, Anne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: Eldridge, David
Publication Number: 1486681
ISBN: 978-1-124-27725-7
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