Playing the Audience

Playing the Audience

The Practical Actor's Guide to Live Performance

Book - 2002
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Hal Leonard
(Applause Books). In this book divided into eight chapters, author James Nicola reveals how the technique of live acting springs directly from the unique relationship between the performer and the spectator. Playing the Audience includes advice on: creating a character from the stage from external gestures to inner dialogue; scoring the text; subtext; emotional memory; substitution; conflict; objectives; through-line of action; improvisation; blocking a scene; language and speech; connecting to the world of the play; and much more.

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Drama director Nicola offers advice to actors playing before live audiences. He discusses how to analyze a script for the playwright's intentions and the hoped-for audience reaction, how to invest oneself in the character and physically connect with audiences, and how to relate to the language of a play. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York, NY : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2002
ISBN: 155783492X
Branch Call Number: 792.028 NIC
Characteristics: xiv, 257 p. ; 23 cm


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