Christopher Grobe

Assistant Professor, Amherst College

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

  • English Department, Harvard 12 Quincy St Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

a lecture for the American Literature Colloquium

With the telephone’s help, actors discovered a new approach to their craft. They learned to signify invisible realities, to be varied yet coherent characters, to be present onstage “subconsciously” as one actress would put it. In other words, telephones were the training wheels that steadied their first wobbly attempts at realism.
Later Event: February 25
On Book: The Performance of Reading

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