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The Director's Vision: Play Direction from Analysis to Production [Hardcover]

Louis Catron


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1 Mar 1989
This dynamic, practical text focuses equally on the arts of interpretation and problem-solving. The author leads students through short, lucid chapters to develop an organized, step-by-step methodology from play analysis through casting, rehearsal, and performance.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Directing primer on the market. 19 April 1998
By Christopher J. Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Catron's book melds theory with practicality in the most utilitarian Directing primer on the market. Designed, I believe, as a college text, it has strong application at the professional and community theatre levels, better than Cohen/Harrop, John Miles-Brown and Dean & Carra. The only book which comes close to Catron's is Benedetti's The Director at Work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook can't buy used b/c no one sells it back 10 Dec 2007
By C. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The text was used for my directing one class in college. It is very straight forward and delves into various aspects of directing. A very well rounded read. I will not be selling this back, and plan on referring to it in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Coming Back to this Book 13 Jan 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I took a class in Direction from Dr. Catron as a student at William & Mary and we used his textbook right after it was published. Over the years, I have read many books about play direction but Catron's is the one that I keep coming back to. This book gives you all the tools to really direct all aspects of a play. It is comprehensive yet practical. My favorite chapters are the ones on Working with Actors - this is an area where many directors struggle and Catron's advice is spot on. He presents a list of different actor challenges, how to identify them and then what to do. I was lucky enough to be in a couple of plays directed by Dr. Catron and he was an excellent director. This text is highly recommended for both novice and experienced directors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and full analysis 26 Oct 2013
By Maria Hinton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book I had previously owned and then it was not returned from someone I lent it to. For me, it provides an insight into every aspect of directing and is an invaluable resource for my thesis on directing. I was delighted to locate a coy and have it delivered to my door in prime condition. Thank you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Used for a Theater Class 9 Mar 2013
By Jose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Overall, it was actually a pretty good textbook. I wasn't too interested in the topic, but this book gave me a good sense of respect and appreciation to the craft.
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