By Mark Leipacher

Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale have cast some of the most winning operating partnerships in modern theatre historical past. throughout two decades and 8 productions their collaboration has advanced, matured and retains thriving via their paintings on level; six Shakespeare and Chekhov performs shape their universal physique of labor so far.

Mark Leipacher's correspondence with Mendes and Beale and his thorough learn into archival fabric on their collaborations, deals the reader a close account of the productions and, uniquely, Mendes' and Beale's personal observations on their approach to paintings and at the discoveries they made in all the performs. How do moments of magic on level come up within the practice session room? Catching the sunshine, jam-packed with anecdotes and gem stones of data, is an fundamental learn for actors, administrators, scholars and an individual who loves the theatre.

Features a foreword from Kevin Spacey, inventive Director of the outdated Vic.

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I . . Before, I . . It used to be that when I woke up from a dream it was so easy. I was in one place and with a little movement, as small as lifting my eyelids, there I was in another place, completely different, serene, as if it weren’t . . strange . . Now I open my eyes and I can’t tell if I’m closing them. . I need help. HE: You need to rest. Come on, let’s go. SHE: Anything would be better than going crazy. I’d rather die. HE: I know. SHE: (Scared) You know? HE: What’s the matter? ) María, María, please.

BILL: Do you really believe that? I deserted, didn’t I? That proves I’m a traitor, right? ROSA: Yes, Bill. You’re a traitor. BILL: (Happy) I didn’t go to Vietnam, right? ROSA: You are a traitor. BILL: Say it again. I like hearing it from your lips. ROSA: You, Bill, are a traitor. BILL: But I still feel bad. Rosa, I want to make a confession, tell you how bad I am. ROSA: It’s not necessary, Bill. That’s all in the past. You couldn’t help what you did in Vietnam. You had to survive. BILL: (Defiant) I didn’t go to Vietnam.

Only to you. I can’t see myself. I can’t see myself through my eyes. I can see myself only through your eyes, and when you look at me like that, from head to toe . . ) HE: No. Look at me. Tell me what you see. SHE: You can’t make me . . ) HE: Tell me, what do you see? SHE: I see that you’re weak. Insecure. That you can’t behave like a person independent from me. And even so, I love you. HE: Because I’m a man. SHE: Because you can’t behave like an independent person. Because you’re weak. Insecure.

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