Note by the Translator 1. The First Test 2. When Acting is an Art 3. Action 4. Imagination 5. Concentration of Attention 6. Relaxation of Muscles 7. Units and Objectives 8. Faith and a Sense of Truth 9. Emotion Memory 10. Communion 11. Adaptation 12. Inner Motive Forces 13. The Unbroken Line 14. The Inner Creative State 15. The Super-Objective 16. On the Threshold of the Subconscious Index
One of the most important books on acting ever written, this is the book that introduced Stanislavski's influential 'system' to the English-speaking world.
Konstantin Stanislavski (1863-1938) was a Russian director who sought 'inner realism' by insisting that his actors find the truth within themselves and 'become' the characters they portrayed. His work brought international fame to the Moscow Art Theatre, which he had co-founded with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko in 1897. During his early years at the Moscow Art Theatre, he directed the first productions of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1899), Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904) as well as a series of celebrated versions of Shakespeare. Stanislavski toured America with the company in 1923. After World War II, the US edition of Stanislavski's treatise An Actor Prepares (1926) became a bible of the Method school of acting.