David Mamet Writes Afterword to “Creating a Character”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, essayist, director, executive producer, and arts theoretician will contribute a few final words to Damon’s second collaboration with Bill Esper, the forthcoming Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character.
The book also features a foreword by Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, Patricia Heaton, as well as advance praise from Timothy Olyphant, Christine Lahti, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Gretchen Mol, and others.
The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character picks up where Damon and Bill’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft , left off; it follows the same group of students through their second year of actor’s training at the William Esper Studio.
Second year work at Esper Studio builds on the first year work. It delves into the apparent paradox of how actors can remain completely authentic while playing characters whose behavior is totally foreign to them.
Bill Esper studied acting under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse before Sandy selected him to teach beside him, which Bill did for nearly two decades. In the intervening years, Bill has worked to deepen his understanding of what Sandy taught and, in many cases, to extend it.
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