One of our most brilliantly icoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent thing, deny thing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.Acting schools, interpretation, sense memory, The Method David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and bility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False isas shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.
David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, includingHeist, Spartan, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, and the Oscar-nominatedThe Verdict. His more than twenty plays includeOleanna, The Cryptogram, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Pulitzer PrizewinningGlengarry Glen Ross. Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company.