Star-Studded Book Launch: IN REHEARSAL
Stacy Keach, Kathleen Chalfant and others, with author Gary Sloan
The free even event will feature readings from Gary Sloan's IN REHEARSAL, a Q & A and a book signing, at the Drama Book Shop, Monday, March 5, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The cast is:
Author plus Stacy Keach (currently on Broadway in Other Desert Cities), Kathleen Chalfant (Tony nominee for Wit), Janet Zarish (Head of Acting at NYU), Keith Hamilton Cobb (Emmy nominee from All My Children), Chris Martin (founder of CSC), and Donna Bullock.
About the Author:
Gary Sloan has been a professional actor for thirty years and has performed leading roles in New York, Los Angeles and the most prestigious regional theatres in the United States.
Recent performances include: a world premiere of a new children's play by Ken Ludwig at Adventure Theatre in D.C., narrations in Defiant Requiem, Verdi at Terezin for the Prague Music Festival in CZ and the Kennedy Center; Enoch Arden for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.
In 2009, he traveled to the English Theatre of Vienna to perform the role of Walter in Arthur Miller's The Price, directed by the late Robert Prosky. In 2007, he co-authored and performed the role of Edwin Booth in a one person show at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Kennedy Center's Shakespeare in Washington Festival.
Favorite stage roles include: Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mercutio, Mark Antony, Berowne and Edgar at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Rakitan in A Month In the Country at Arena Stage, Macbeth at the Folger, Doc Holliday in The Legend of the Five Pointed Star at Cincinnati Playhouse, Moe Axelrod in Awake & Sing at the Huntington Theatre in Boston, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Round House theatre, Serge in Art at Syracuse Stage, Judge Brock in Hedda Gabler at the Hudson Guild in L.A., Jack Rover in Wild Oats and Faust in Goethe's Faust off-Broadway at the CSC Repertory and a production of King Lear with Hal Holbrook at Roundabout theatre in NY.
About the Book:
In Rehearsal is a clear and accessible how-to approach to the rehearsal process. Author Gary Sloan brings more than thirty years' worth of acting experience to bear on the question of how to rehearse both as an individual actor and as part of the team of professionals that underpins any successful production. Interviews with acclaimed actors, directors, playwrights, and designers share a wealth of knowledge on dynamic collaboration.
The book is divided in to three main stages, helping the reader to refine their craft in as straightforward and accessible manner as possible:
In the world: A flexible rehearsal program that can be employed daily, as well as over a typical four week production rehearsal.
In the room: Advice on working independently and productively with other members of a company, such as directors, playwrights, designers and technical crew; how your personal creative process varies depending on the role, be it Shakespeare, musicals, film, television or understudying.
On your own: Creating your own rehearsal process, exploring original and famous rehearsal techniques, breaking through actor's block and how to practice every day.
In Rehearsal breaks down the rehearsal process from the actor's perspective and equips its reader with the tools to become a generous and resourceful performer both inside and outside the studio. Its independent, creative and daily rehearsal techniques are essential for any modern actor.
Praise for In Rehearsal
"I loved discovering this book. I found Gary Sloan's writing current, fresh, smart and inspiring. The overall message of encouraging the actor to take responsibility for his own creative rehearsal process is conveyed with beautiful clarity and usefulness. It is an empowering guide for the actor who, too often, floats in a sea of unorganized questions and impulses until he finds his way. This book leaves nothing to chance and, ultimately, everything to a creative, courageous, collaborative and crafted freedom. It could easily become the modern bible for our beginning theater actor today."--Janet Zarish, Head of Acting, NYU Graduate Acting Program, USA
"Sloan deftly defines the responsibilities an actor must bring to the creative environment inside a director's rehearsal process. However, his real gift is the blueprint of how every actor must explore, research, and prepare a role outside the rehearsal room. In my opinion, In Rehearsal should be required reading for all undergraduate actors." --John David Lutz, Chair, Department of Theatre, University of Evansville, USA
"Everyone who is contemplating going into rehearsal for anything at all (the theatre, movies, television, life or just a walk in the park) should rush out and buy Gary Sloan's book - all the questions you might ever ask about the rehearsal process are addressed here and all kinds of solutions are offered but even more than the specific solutions the gold in the book is that it makes the reader understand that the profession of acting is a serious, noble, difficult, essentially human, often ridiculous, honorable, beautiful, HARD, glorious way to spend a life - this book is invaluable to people just getting started because it gives you a practice and a peek at anything and everything that might happen - for people who have been at it for the 20 years and more it is a companion to talk to and argue with and seek advice in and laugh with in that absolutely satisfying way you do when you come upon something that gets it absolutely RIGHT." --Kathleen Chalfant, Actor
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