In Search of the Truth

Stanislavsky and Strasberg

Authored by: Yasen Peyankov

The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415535649
eBook ISBN: 9780203112304
Adobe ISBN: 9781136281853


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I first heard the name “Stanislavsky” when I was a freshman in drama school. After viewing a scene, one of my professors commented, “As our colleague Konstantin Sergeevich [Stanislavsky] would say, ‘If you have a gun on stage, it must fire.’” In that moment, it occurred to me that theatre artists construct a carefully planned and painstakingly detailed world from imaginary circumstances and then breathe life into it while trying to sustain the fragility of being both truthful and compelling at the same time. Nothing in theatre, I learned, is accidental.

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