I am thrilled to announce that my book, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off (Smith and Kraus Publishers), is now for sale on Amazon.com. The audiobook version is also available now.
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.
To read the review/interview by Matt Mullen in the WBUR Artery click here
"A taut survey of the craft of acting: where it came from, where it’s going and how it can be improved. Zinn draws on historical text, psychology, philosophy and his own personal experiences to set forth his theory that self-constructed identity exists as a shield against the awareness of our own mortality, and if actors can tap into this process of identity creation, they can surrender to authentic emotion on stage."
To order the paperback, click here
To order the audiobook, click here
To read the HowlRound Interview, click here
To listen to an excerpt from the audiobook, click here
To read the introduction, click here
For reactions from early readers (and listeners) click here