New Beckett essay
A new essay by Phillip Zarrilli titled ‘“Meditations” on loss: Beyond discourses of pain and torture in the work of the Beckett actor’ will appear in the journal Contemporary Theatre Review in 2017 or 2018, in a special issue on Samuel Beckett edited by Anna McMullan.
(toward) a phenomenology of acting
Phillip is also at work on his latest sole-authored book, under contract with Routledge. This new title builds on the understanding of acting as ‘enactment’ — i.e., as a phenomenon and process — articulated in his earlier publications in Theatre Journal and his award-winning book, Psychophysical Acting: An intercultural approach after Stanislavski (2009). In the coming volume, Phillip goes into much more depth about how insights from phenomenology might help the actor better understand the processes and phenomenon of acting.
Several recently published essays will become part of the book, including:
‘“Inner movement” between practices of meditation, martial arts, and acting: A focused examination of affect, feeling, sensing, and sensory attunement,’ in Ritual, Performance, and the Senses, ed. by Michael Bull and Jon P. Pitchell (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), pp. 121–36.
‘The actor’s work on attention, awareness and active imagination: Between phenomenology, cognitive science and practices of acting,’ in Theatre and Phenomenology, ed. by E. Nedelkopoulou, J. Foley Sherman, and M. Bleeker (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 95–116.