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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 21

LEARNING ABOUT ACTING

 

ACTING AND DOING

Drama is the artful presentation of fictional characters, their conflicts, and their struggles, and its themes are derived from human truths made visible because of pressures in real life. Conventional education, stressing the intellectual, is a woeful preparation because it suggests that you become competent by learning something theoretically, and then demonstrate what you know.

Life is not lived in this way. You don't learn about breaking your leg before going to the hospital to have it set. You don't learn the theory of falling in or out of love before doing it, nor do you have the luxury of preparing for many of life's surprises before having them thrust upon you. The fact is that we are ...

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