Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in the Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters (Paperback)

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Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in the Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters By Nicole Kidman (Introduction by), Susan Batson Cover Image
By Nicole Kidman (Introduction by), Susan Batson


Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Berghoff, Hagen, Mamet . . . now Batson. In TRUTH, the most sought after acting guru in Hollywood and on Broadway distills her half century's experience as an actor, director, teacher, and personal coach into a step by step process for creating a character from first read-through to final performance. Debunking a century's worth of myths about "method acting," Batson identifies the unifying forces of Need, Public Persona, and Tragic Flaw to unite the actor with his or her character. TRUTH shows how actively defining and understanding these three principles leads to the most truthful performances possible. A must-read for beginning actors, a wake-up call for working actors, and an indispensable reference for writers, TRUTH reveals the inner game of telling stories and creating vivid, three-dimensional life from words on a page.

About the Author

Susan Batson oversees the Susan Batson Studio in New York City. She has enjoyed the privilege of working closely with Nicole Kidman, Juliet Binoche, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Sean Combs, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Zac Efron, Tyler Perry, Oprah, and countless other actors searching for "truth" in themselves and the characters they play. The New Yorker referred to Susan Batson as both a "technician of the spirit" and "the alchemist".
Product Details
ISBN: 9780615904900
ISBN-10: 0615904904
Publisher: Webster\Stone
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2013
Pages: 316
Language: English