Father and daughter Beau and Emily Bridges will star in Acting: The First Six Lessons, adapted by the performers from the book by Richard Boleslavsky. Charlie Mount directs.
Acting: The First Six Lessons is the famous 1933 text by Richard Boleslavsky, depicting dialogues between a wise, experienced acting teacher and a pretty but raw young actress at the start of her career, possessed at the beginning of things with more enthusiasm than skill. By the end of Boleslavsky's narrative, she has taken possession of her true gifts, in command of her craft and poised to succeed in acting and in life.
The book is the only tome about acting that celebrated actor Lloyd Bridges ever gave to son Beau. The success of Beau's remarkable career attests to the book's impact. Now Beau has shared the book with his lovely daughter Emily, and these second and third generation members of one of America's most beloved families of actors have adapted Boleslavsky's story of a mature instructor and his young eager student devoted to their craft for performance on the stage.
After introducing themselves to the audience, Beau and Emily transform into their characters in the year 1933. The young actress, referred to by her teacher as The Creature, has much to learn. She is taught how to observe fully the ongoing wonders of the world around her, and how to contribute to the continuing pageant of life the marvelous gift of her own energies. In mastering The First Six Lessons of Acting, she becomes not only a consummate actress, but a fully realized human being . Which, of course, is the point of the narrative: Bolelavsky's acting lessons are also wonderful lessons for life in general.
The performers plan to remain after each performance for a brief Q&A period with the audience.