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Unexplained Laughter

Diana Rigg stars as Lydia who, after a disastrous love affair, retreats from London to a remote cottage in Wales with her friend and confidante. The two find themselves increasingly drawn into the lives and intrigues of the local community. Then Lydia starts to hear laughter...
2017; 1989

Lessons From Joan

Joan Littlewood gained world fame with her musical "Oh, What a Lovely War!“ which played on Broadway for an amazing eight months. Walter Macintosh uses a Melbourne revival of the musical in order to revisit Joan Littlewood´s life and career assembling an astonishing number of survivors from those days in the 1960s. Her great causes were community and political theatre, improvisation and working class language, all of which have passed into the mainstream of drama. The Theatre Company Joan Littlewood and Gerry Raffles founded in Stratford, East London, continues to showcase new theatre work inspired by its local community and the world today.

An Englishman Abroad, by Alan Bennett

Alan Bates stars in a splendid story by Alan Bennett, based on a true incident which took place in Moscow in 1958. British spy Guy Burgess encounters actress Coral Browne (who plays herself) on tour from the old country. Invited to lunch at Burgess's shabby apartment, he presents her with a strange request.
2017; 1983

Acting in Television Series

One of the joys and challenges of being an actor is the unpredictable nature of what new character may enter your life for some period of time. But what about the actor who plays the same character on a television series year after year? What are his or her challenges? Is there a point where it’s hard for them or their audience, to know where the actor’s personality ends and the character’s begins? How does the actor deliver a believable and engaging performance under the daily stress of television production?
2017; 2004

The Hairy Ape

This 1944 adaption of Eugene O'Neill's famous and controversial play stars Hank Smith as William Bendix, a brawny ship stoker who becomes obsessed with a beautiful socialite after she calls him a "hairy ape." The socialite is played by Susan Hayward, who received rave reviews for the role. Also starring John Loder, Dorothy Comingore, Roman Bohnen, Tom Fadden and Alan Napier. Directed by Alfred Santell.
2018; 1944

The Irish Theater: O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock

This video tells the story of the Abbey Theater in Dublin and of the career of Sean O'Casey. It includes scenes from his play Juno and the Paycock.
2017; 1983


A work of astounding dramatic power, this film brings to life Primo Levi’s great testament to his year in Auschwitz. Antony Sher’s towering performance is as controlled as Primo Levi’s own lucid prose. Directed by Richard Wilson with set design by Hildegard Bechtler.
2017; 2005

Acting in Comedy

An elderly comedian was quoted on his deathbed as saying, “Dying is hard but comedy is harder.” On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin said in his autobiography, “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.” Surely the truth lies somewhere in between. What does make something funny? How do stand-up comedians become actors? Is it possible to teach an actor to be funny? What is this thing called timing?
2017; 2004

German Theater: Brecht and Schiller

This video presents scenes from The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht and Love and Intrigue by Friedrich Schiller, illustrating the different styles of the dramatists.
2017; 1982

Italy: Origins of Theater to Pirandello

This video traces the evolution of the theater from ancient Greece to the 20th century. It uses the complex and provocative works or Pirandello to reveal the innovative ways in which modern Italian theater questions illusion and reality.
2017; 1983

George Bernard Shaw and His Times

This video looks at the life of George Bernard Shaw, showing footage of his birthplace, the Royal Court Theater, and other places in London, and discusses his plays and stage techniques. It includes scenes of his plays Man and Superman and Art of the Rehearsal.
2017; 1984

The Method 2: Based on Stanislavski and Strasberg and Kazan

In this video, acting coach and Strasberg expert Lorrie Hull demonstrates advanced work in Method acting, teaching relaxation exercises, improvisation techniques, and affective memory. The video also features discussions with and demonstrations by Bill Smithers, Brendan Gillespie, Charles Dutton, Bonita Brisker, Joyce Roth, and Betsey Skye.
2017; 2009

A Conversation With Playwright Lynn Nottage (6/15/09)

Playwright Lynn Nottage talks to Jeffrey Brown about her Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Ruined, set during Congo's civil war.
2017; 2009

Acting From Stage to Screen

Many successful theatrical productions that begin on the stage eventually find their way to being transformed into films. Usually they're significantly adapted to go from stage to screen. It's extremely rare that the same cast who performed in an original production gets the chance to re-create those roles on film, but occasionally they do. What an interesting creative task that must present to the actors involved.
2017; 2004

An Inspector Calls, by JB Priestley

Emotionally powerful and sharply relevant, this is a stylish new adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s timeless masterpiece. An Inspector Calls is both an enthralling mystery and a scathing critique of a hypocritical, class-obsessed society. Set in 1912, it vividly evokes a thriving industrial age built on crippling social inequality. Taking place over the course of a single night, this taut, affecting and ultimately tragic story, centers on the prosperous Birling family. They receive a surprise visit from Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl, a former factory worker of Mr. Birling’s. Interrogating each family member in turn, Goole’s incisive questioning reveals that each one not only had a connection to the girl but also may have played a significant part in her [...]
2017; 2015

OnStage in America: HONKY

A hilarious send-up of race relations in contemporary America by young playwright Greg Kalleres. HONKY's characters juggle imaginary pharmaceuticals, basketball shoes, race, and love in this no-holds-barred yet touching comedy.
2018; 2015