Tentatively titled The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, the book picks up where The Actor’s Art & Craft left off, and follows the same class of actors through their second year of work at the William Esper Studio.
The second year work applies the core principles students learned in their first year to the challenges of character acting. How does the actor truthfully play a character whose temperament and persona are polar opposites of his own? How can these techniques Read more…
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Why post something that happened three years ago?
In the first place, we never saw this before.
In the second place, actor Garrett Hendricks helped develop “Shock & Awe.” He’s a friend and an excellent artist, and you’ll like what he does with this role.
Thirdly, and most important by far: the problems faced by U.S. veterans returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to weigh heavily on the American spirit.
And what’s being done about it? Not nearly enough. Read more…
The first book
Damon wrote The Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique with his mentor and long-time friend, Bill Esper. The book quickly gained prominence as a work to rival Sanford Meisner’s On Acting, Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, or Stella Adler’sÂ The Art of Acting.
Backstage Magazine called Art and Craft: “a fantastic, long overdue exploration of actor training . . . there is so much pure sincerity and wisdom in Esper’s approach.”
Show Business Weekly called it:Â “A must-read for aspiring and established actors of all stripes.”
David Mamet, who wrote the book’s foreword said: Read more…
“From Peter Oâ€™Toole (â€œActing is just a matter of farting about in disguisesâ€) to Rod Steiger (â€œArtists are the only true aristocratsâ€), there are as many points of view on acting, theater, film, the public, Shakespeare, and fame as there are actors (nearly 500) in The Quotable Actor. While many of the quotes are quite serious and often insightful, others are self-deprecating throw-away lines that sound varying degrees of sincerity. Actor, teacher, and director Damon DiMarco groups the quotes, taken from a variety of interviews and other media sources, into loose categories and sequences them to create a sort of dialogue among the different speakers, with overly portentous or dramatic voices balanced by the more flippant comments. While a more careful thematic editing might have yielded a more cohesive work, The Quotable Actor is an entertaining and informative read recommended for theatre and movie fans everywhere and a must read for starstruck aspiring thespians.”
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Congratulations to myÂ friend Garrett Hendricks for winning the January 2010 Manhattan Monologue Slam using a piece from my playÂ Shock & AweÂ (for more information on Shock & Awe, please see the Plays tab).
You can catch a video of Garrett’s winning performance by clicking here.