Two appearances in Gloucester this coming week of April 10, both hosted by the Gloucester Writers Center:
On Tuesday, April 11 @ 7:00 pm
I will be channeling Bob Dylan (rare guitar/vocal performance) as part of
"Fish Tales: A Celebration of Poetry Month"
an evening of poetry and storytelling
to be held at
- The Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Ave
Then on Wednesday, April 12 @ 7:00 pm
I will read from my book, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage & Off.
Gloucester Writers Center
126 East Main Street
The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off (Smith and Kraus Publishers), is now available on Amazon.com.
The Existential Actor is a book about the theater, acting, and life. It is partly a historical survey of approaches to the art and craft of acting, part memoir, and part philosophical exploration of the connection between what truly motivates us as characters in the stories of our own lives, and the ones we present onstage.
From the introduction:
What happens onstage must be a matter of life and death because everything we do in life, every action that we take, is in support of the heroic narrative, the story of ourselves that imbues our actions with a sense of meaning, purpose, and, yes, immortality. The notion that fictional characters and real people share this fundamental mechanism of motivation and self-creation is at the center of everything I will be talking about in these pages.
Some reactions from early readers:
“This is a book for the thinking actor, and the finest actors I’ve known are just that. The best actors bring it all together – body, heart, spirit, and mind. This book is for the actor who thinks about craft and influence, who thinks about the relationship of performance to living, who thinks about doing and what that doing means. Acting is a metaphor and it’s a mirror, and, so, a theory of acting, if true, shows us to ourselves. Jeff Zinn knows this. He knows it as an actor, director, teacher, and thinker. His “theory of everything” is simple and revelatory.” From the foreword by Todd London
"As a human being, I loved it for its expansive ideas and surprises. As an artist, I loved it for its insights and, frankly, help…. The Four Elements you identify are gorgeous. They're clear, they're diverse. It's like they were with me before I read it, but I didn't have a way to articulate them- that's why they seem to fit, and will fit (and serve) everyone." Brenda Withers
"Extremely well-written and well-researched--possibly the most philosophical work yet to be published on the subject. This is a metaphysics of acting, not a practical approach such as the Stanislavski System or the Strasberg Method. For me, that is a welcome relief..." - Robert Brustein
“An incisive highlighting of the many attempts throughout history to codify what this 'acting' thing is; synthesizing and distilling them all into a really clear and applicable framework. In doing so, the author, Jeff Zinn, inspires us to work it all out for ourselves, not only as actor/artists, but as human beings.” - David Strathairn
E-book (Kindle, iBook, Nook) available for download soon. Audiobook available now at audible.com and iTunes.