June 2019 Academic & Specialist Hackett Publishing

The Persuasive Actor: Rhetorical Power on the Contemporary Stage Milan Dragicevich

Paperback | Mar 2019 | Focus | 9781585109241 | 200pp | 216x140mm | TXT | AUD$24.95, NZD$29.99

'A must-have for all actors who encounter speeches that are longer than three sentences. On the surface, that would be classic works from Sophocles through Shakespeare — with the 17th and 18th centuries thrown in. Dig deeper and the book's value to actors of modern and contemporary drama is inescapable. Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, Miller, Shepard, Wilson, Kushner, and Suzan-Lori Parks all wrote plays that are filled with powerful rhetorical devices that demand lively, thorough, and specific consideration. This book is a guide that unfolds the mysteries of classical rhetoric in a clear, concise, and effective manner, a book for speakers who want to move their audiences. It is aimed at actors, but also belongs on the shelf of lawyers, advertising copywriters, and, of course, public officials. I will use it in my classes and workshops and enthusiastically recommended it to all actors and actor trainers.' — Leslie Reidel, Department of Theatre, University of Delaware