• A Challenge for the Actor

  • By: Uta Hagen
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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A Challenge for the Actor

By: Uta Hagen
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
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Publisher's summary

Uta Hagen, one of the world's most renowned stage actresses, also taught acting for more than 40 years at the HB Studio in New York. Her first book, Respect for Acting, published in 1973, remains a best seller in print. In this brand new audio edition of her second classic book, A Challenge for the Actor, she greatly expands her thinking about acting in a work that brings the full flowering of her artistry, both as an actor and as a teacher. She raises the issue of the actor's goals and examines the specifics of the actor's techniques. She goes on to consider the actor's relationship to the physical and psychological senses. There is a brilliantly conceived section on the animation of the body and mind, of listening and talking, and the concept of expectation.

But perhaps the most useful sections in this audiobook are the exercises that Uta Hagen has created and elaborated to help the actor learn his craft. The exercises deal with developing the actor's physical destination in a role; making changes in the self serviceable in the creation of a character; recreating physical sensations; bringing the outdoors on stage; finding occupation while waiting; talking to oneself and the audience; and employing historical imagination.

The scope and range of Uta Hagen here is extraordinary. Her years of acting and teaching have made her as finely seasoned an artist as the theatre has produced. This audiobook is masterfully read by award-winning narrator and actor Barbara Rosenblat.

Audio publisher's note: This audiobook has been reedited in response to listener feedback. Listeners who have already purchased the audiobook may access the revised recording by deleting the audiobook and redownloading it to their devices. For assistance, please contact echopointaudio@gmail.com.

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