True and False

True and False

Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

By David Mamet

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679772644, 144pp.

Publication Date: February 1999

Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. With these words, one of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting, in a book that is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.
Acting schools, "interpretation," "sense memory," "The Method"--David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, "True and False" is invaluable.

About the Author
DAVID MAMET is a director as well as the author of numerous acclaimed plays, books, and screenplays. His play "Glengarry Glen Ross" won a Pulitzer Prize, and his screenplays for "The Verdict" and "Wag the Dog "were nominated for Academy Awards. He lives in Santa Monica, California

Praise For True and False

"Mamet manages to demolish the myths...that pass for theory with regard o acting and directing. . . True and False is a revealing book of the highest order and a pleasure to read"—Anthony Hopkins
"Hard-edged, pragmatic and idealistic. . . . Every actor or would-be actor should read this book."—Chicago Tribune 
"Trenchant...Meet’s pared-down, occasionally cryptic prose can make powerful sense."—The New York Times
"This book should be read and considered by everyone who acts."—Steve Martin