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Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights
Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74699-7 (0-679-74699-4)

Stella Adler was one of the most influential acting teachers of all time, a legendary force of nature whose generations of students include Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Anthony Quinn, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, and Mark Ruffalo.

This long-awaited companion to her book on the master European playwrights... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov

Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74698-0 (0-679-74698-6)

In her long-awaited book, the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler gives us her extraordinary insights into the work of Henrik Ibsen ("The creation of the modern theater took a genius like Ibsen. . .Miller and Odets, Inge and O'Neill, Williams and Shaw, swallowed the whole of him"), August Strindberg ("He understood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights
Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42443-7 (0-679-42443-1)

“Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.”

“You must get beneath the words before you can say them. The text must be in you. It is your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Playing Shakespeare
An Actor's Guide
Written by John Barton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72085-4 (0-385-72085-8)

Now in its first American edition, Playing Shakespeare is the premier guide to understanding and appreciating the mastery of the world’s greatest playwright.

Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors–among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet–John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Unexpurgated Beaton
The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1970-1980
Written by Cecil Beaton
Introduction by Hugo Vickers


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4112-1 (1-4000-4112-0)

Cecil Beaton was one of the great twentieth-century tastemakers. A photographer, artist, writer and designer for more than fifty years, he was at the center of the worlds of fashion, society, theater and film. The Unexpurgated Beaton brings together for the first time the never-before-published diaries from 1970 to 1980 and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Acting for Young Actors
For Money Or Just for Fun
Written by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Lenney


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-4947-9 (0-8230-4947-7)

Aimed at teens and tweens, Acting for Young Actors lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W's: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic - but many young... Read more >

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Artificial Hells
Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
Written by Claire Bishop


Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-690-3 (1-84467-690-0)

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Actor's Audition

Written by David Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1990
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73228-0 (0-679-73228-4)

This practical, hands-on guide by a veteran producer, covers every aspect of the auditioning process: the monologue, the cold reading, the musical audition, and the interview. It shows actors how to see their performance through the eyes of the prospective employers, how to sell themselves even before they step into character... Read more >

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A Practical Handbook for the Actor

Written by Melissa Bruder


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1986
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74412-4 (0-394-74412-8)

This is a simple and essential book about the craft of acting: it relates a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W.H. Macy and director Gregory Mosher. It is written for any actor who has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Written by Simon Callow


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80323-8 (0-345-80323-X)

Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow offers a fresh perspective on one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Charles Dickens, in this lively, colorful biography.

Dickens was one of the first true celebrity authors. Thousands of fans in Britain and America eagerly awaited each new installment of his stories and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Stay, Illusion!
The Hamlet Doctrine
Written by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95048-2 (0-307-95048-4)

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Everyone knows at least six words from the play; often people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange” and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Stay, Illusion!
The Hamlet Doctrine
Written by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90761-5 (0-307-90761-9)

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the ghost haunts Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane. Arguably, no literary work is more familiar to us. Everyone knows at least six words from Hamlet, and most people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange,” and it becomes even more complex... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Little Me
The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television/Belle Poitrine/as told to
Written by Patrick Dennis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1347-8 (0-7679-1347-7)

A runaway bestseller that made its way to Broadway, starring Sid Caesar in 1962 and Martin Short in 1998, Little Me is now reprinted--with all of the 150 historic, hysterical photographs depicting the funniest scenes from Belle's sordid life, including cameo appearances by the author and Rosalind Russell. Considered a collector's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

Written by Ian Doescher


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-715-1 (1-59474-715-6)

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas’s enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

Written by Ian Doescher


Format: Hardcover, 168 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-713-7 (1-59474-713-X)

From the author of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next installment of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Oscar Wilde

Written by Richard Ellmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1988
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75984-5 (0-394-75984-2)

"A master of the biographer's art...a distinguished book...Ellmann has the first, indispensable virtue of telling his story well--not just the big story but the lesser stories that lie coiled inside it."--New York Review of Books

"It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive, measured and fascinating account."--Time Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Afterword by David Mamet
Introduction by Patricia Heaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80568-3 (0-345-80568-2)

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Actor's Art and Craft
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Preface by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27926-2 (0-307-27926-X)

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.

Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paul Robeson
A Watched Man
Written by Jordan Goodman


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-131-2 (1-78168-131-7)

In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a political activist who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reading Lyrics
More Than 1,000 of the Century's Finest Lyrics--a Celebration of Our Greatest Songwriters, a Rediscovery of Forgotten Masters, and an Appreciation of an
Edited by Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 21, 2000
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40081-0 (0-375-40081-8)

Reading Lyrics is a collection of the finest American and British song lyrics written between 1900 and 1975.  More than one hundred lyricists are represented:  from Irving Berlin and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to the greats of Broadway and Hollywood, including Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein, Yip Harburg, Dorothy Fields, Frank... Read more >

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The Journals of Spalding Gray

Written by Spalding Gray
Edited by Nell Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47491-9 (0-307-47491-7)

Riveting, funny, heartbreaking, at once raw and lyrical: these journals reveal the extraordinary inner life of the actor-writer who invented the autobiographical monologue and perfected the form in such celebrated works as Swimming to Cambodia.

Begun when he was twenty-five, Spalding Gray's journals reflect on his childhood; his craving for success... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Get the Part...Without Falling Apart!
Featuring the Haber Phrase Technique for Actors
Written by Margie Haber and Barbara Babchick
Foreword by Heather Loclear


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Lone Eagle
On Sale: October 1, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58065-014-4 (1-58065-014-7)

Gene Hackman, Halle Berry, Heather Locklear, Gabriel Byrne, James Bond's Pierce Bronson, Kelly Preston, most of the cast from Melrose Place and 1000s of actors all take acting classes from Margie Haber. How to Get the Part... gives actors tools to break through their psychological roadblocks to auditioning. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Be a Working Actor, 5th Edition
The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film & Television
Written by Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
Foreword by Joe Mantegna


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: December 10, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8895-9 (0-8230-8895-2)

The celebrated survival guide for the working actor - now completely updated and expanded with a foreword by Tony award-winning actor Joe Mantegna.

Renowned for more than two decades as the most comprehensive resource for actors, How to Be a Working Actor is a must-read for achieving success in The Business. Now... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, Updated and Expanded Edition
An Actor's Reference to Over 1,000 Scenes and Monologues from More than 300 Contemporary Plays
Edited by Ed Hooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9949-8 (0-8230-9949-0)

All actors and acting teachers need The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, the invaluable guide to finding just the right piece for every audition. The unique format of the book is ideal for acting teachers who want their students to understand each monologue in context. This remarkable book describes the characters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stardust Lost
The Triumph, Tragedy, and Meshugas of the Yiddish Theater in America
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7803-5 (1-4000-7803-2)

In Stardust Lost, Stefan Kanfer brings the colorful Yiddish stage roaring back to life.

Born of ancient traditions stretching back to the drama of the Old Testament, the Yiddish theater was a vibrant part of the immigrant experience. Kanfer invokes the energy, belief, and pure chutzpah it took to establish and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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