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Mask Characterization

Mask Characterization

An Acting Process

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Libby Appel

$28.00

NLEB (Other formats: Paperback)
978-0-8093-8247-7
136 pages, 6 x 9, 22 illustrations
03/01/1982

 

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About the Book

Behind the mask, Appel notes, the stu­dent is free to create a personality; paradox­ically, because the mask hides the self, it en­ables the student to probe more deeply into himself.

“This book describes, defines, and dis­cusses the mask characterization process, providing the theory behind the exercises and the step-by-step procedure in the organ­ic development of the character from the masks,” Appel notes. The manual is divided into two parts: “The Instructor’s Guide” and “The Actor’s Guide.” There is also an intro­ductory chapter, “The Class Structure,” which explains mask characterization pro­cedures in the classroom, and a sample class schedule may be found in the back of the manual.

This book adds a new dimension to actor training and learning. It is essential to aspir­ing actors seeking new ways to create honest dramatic characterizations.

Authors/Editors

Libby Appel is Dean of the School of Theater, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.

Reviews

“Libby Appel in this book offers teachers of acting a detailed view of a way of working with masks. While the underlying assumptions are profound, the reader will find a wealth of practicality and specificity.”—John Ransford Watts, Dean, Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University, from the Foreword