Acting Strategies, Modern Drama, and New Stagecraft
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Chapter 2 demonstrates that Modern and Method acting represent two distinct reactions to modern drama and new stagecraft: Modern acting sees actors as artists and facilitates their abilities to analyze scripts; Method training prepares actors to respond to directors, who become the key artists of the theatre. The chapter opens its exploration of Modern acting techniques by contrasting them with strategies specific to Lee Strasberg’s Method. Offering readers a look at the actual steps of Strasberg’s actor training plan, the chapter clarifies the profound disparity between the Method and Stanislavsky’s System. It shows that the Method has no connection to Stanislavsky’s approach, but instead rests on a different view of acting, actors, the relationship between actors and scripts, and the role of actors and directors.