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By Michael Goldman

This intensely own publication develops a brand new method of the learn of motion in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a mode in line with an important truth: our adventure of a play within the theater is sort of completely our adventure of acting.

Originally released in 1985.

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It is the cause, it is the cause," says Othello as he prepares to kill Desdemona— and we are forced to search for the cause of this cause. We ask, as the actor must ask, not only what is this cause which Othello cannot name, but why he cannot name it and why he must so urgently focus on its existence and quality. "It," of course, refers to Desdemona's adultery, but in order for us to feel that the speech itself has been effectively caused— motivated—in performance, the actor must have discovered and convincingly participated in the cause of his belief that Desdemona is adulterous.

We feel the possibility of tears rising through an action we yearn in vain to interrupt. That hopeless yearning— our sense that what Iago is doing to Othello is excruciating— is special to this tragedy. To understand it, though, and to understand why Shakespeare cultivates it so thoroughly, we must look with some care at the emotional pivot of the action, the point where we wish to intervene. This point is communicated to us not so much as a place in the play's external sequence of events as a stage in the action of Othello's mind.

At times the relation of different portions of the spectrum seems to shift and change. Indeed the shading and discrimination of segments is so complicated that even the convenient metaphor of the spectrum becomes inadequate and we are left simply with the deeply felt sense of how difficult it is to grasp the "To Be or Not To Be" process by which inner and outer movements coalesce into something we can give the name of action. Let me turn to some examples. We are often reminded in Hamlet of a curious theatrical fact.

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