New from TCG Books:
Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Acting
by Christopher Bayes, with Virginia Scott
In his introduction, Christopher Bayes describes the pursuit of the clown as the search for “the authentic, playful self and its unique relationship to the comic world.” An essential read for performers of all kinds, this text takes a deep dive into theater, physical expression, and the possibilities of the comic world
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Acting by Christopher Bayes, with Virginia Scott.
“Christopher Bayes is a master, an extraordinary visionary who has done more to liberate young American actors over the last two generations than I can possibly express… This book is a treasure. Nothing can replace the experience of being in the room with a master teacher, but this practical, playful, brilliant book is the next best thing. Read it. It is indispensable.”
—Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater
Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Acting is a unique glimpse into the wild world of the Clown, unveiling “the playful self, the unsocialized self, the naive self…the big stupid who just wants to have some fun with the audience.” An essential guide for artists and actors wanting to set free the messy and hilarious Clown within.
“Christopher Bayes knows where the funny lies in every actor. More importantly, he also knows where the truth lies that releases the funny. He thinks he is a Clown teacher, but he is really a master acting teacher. If you ever want to do Beckett or Chekhov or Shakespeare you better do Bayes first. I stand in awe of his gift.”
—Ron Van Lieu, Lloyd Richards Professor Emeritus of Acting, Yale School of Drama
Christopher Bayes is one of the most sought after teachers of Clown and Physical Comedy in the country. He has taught internationally and been on the faculty of many prestigious schools, including Yale, The Juilliard School, Brown, and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. He is the co-founder and head of The Funny School of Good Acting in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently Professor and Head of Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama.
Virginia Scott is a director/devisor/teacher of Physical Theater, and co-founder of The Funny School of Good Acting. She has taught Clown at The Juilliard School, Pace University, the Actors Center, CAP21, and Tisch School of the Arts.
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I received a complimentary copy.