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Burdens of Representation

The Method and the Audience
  • David Wiles
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Abstract

What is the relationship in the theatre between the actor and the audience during performance? This relationship is as fundamental as that of actor and actor. It is affected by the composition of the audience and by the personal and social facts of the actor s life. I don’t believe that Method acting adequately addresses the actor/audience relationship. To the degree that it doesn’t, the Method is incomplete as a means for training actors to perform in the theatre.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903; New York: Signet Classic, 1995), 45.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Joseph Chaikin, “The Context of Performance,” Actors on Acting, T. Cole and H. K. Chinoy, eds. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1947, 1970), 665.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Erwin Piscator, “Objective Acting,” Actors on Acting, T. Cole and H. K. Chinoy, eds. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1947, 1970), 302Google Scholar

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