Über den Autor
David Kaplan is curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee
Williams Theater Festival, now in its tenth year. He is the author of
the biography /Tennessee Williams in Provincetown/and editor of the
centennial collection of essays, /Tenn at One Hundred/. He has written
two series of college textbooks: /Five Approaches to Acting/and
/Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz/.
Kaplan has staged Tennessee Williams plays worldwide: /Suddenly, Last
Summer/in Russia in Russian, /Ten Blocks on the Camino Real/in Uruguay
in Spanish, and /The Eccentricities of a Nightingale/in Hong Kong in
Cantonese. In 2008 he directed the world premieres of Williams /The Day
on Which a Man Dies/in Chicago and /The Dog Enchanted by the Divine
View/in Boston. At the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival he's
staged Williams /The Traveling Companion/, /The Chalky White Substance/,
and /The Hotel Plays/.
Episodic techniques developed in early twentieth century Russia and Germany, based on the study of Shakespeare's texts and other non-realistic plays. Playing episodes became the international silent film technique and is still the basis of most film work. Onstage today an episodic approach is especially useful for Shakespeare, Brecht and Sam Shepard, but essential for any actor working on realistic plays - Chekhov, Ibsen, and Williams, for example - in which a mass of individual "objectives" can obscure the events and significance of the play.
Playing Episodes, Part Two in the Five Approaches to Acting Series includes a useful explanation of terms, instruction in applying techniques in rehearsal and performance, practical classroom exercises, detailed script analysis, the history and theory behind the approach, as well as inspiring examples to be seen on film.