Christopher Grobe

Associate Professor, Amherst College

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Why It's 'Easier to Act with a Telephone than a Man'

a lecture for the Performance Studies Working Group at Yale

"As Cocteau says in his preface to La voix humaine, scenes on the phone give the actor "the chance to play two parts: one when she speaks, the other when she listens and limns the person who speaks only in silence."  That person, of course—the one who speaks in silence—is the secret sharer of the one who speaks in words.  It is the actress, after all; it is the character herself, talking to herself, forever."

Earlier Event: February 25
On Book: The Performance of Reading
Later Event: October 26
Of TV Actors and Technodollies

copyright 2015, Christopher Grobe