Mollie’s Café, Touch of Grace Café to Host Book Signings for Two Southeast Professors

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 27, 2003 ᾰ Southeast Missouri State University and the College of Liberal Arts will present two book signings next month for Dr. Kenn Stilson and Dr. Marc Strauss, both associate professors of theatre and dance.

The first signing will be held at Mollie’s Café on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the second will be held at Touch of Grace Café on Friday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stilson’s book, “Acting is Believing,” is a classic in the field of acting and has been studied by serious acting students both here and abroad since the 1950s. Based on the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavski, the Moscow-born father of modern acting theory, the book is divided into three parts dealing with the actor, the actor and the play, and the actor and the production.

Stilson “inherited” the book from the late Charles McGaw of the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and Larry Clark, Stilson’s personal mentor, of the University of Missouri. Stilson said it was quite an honor to co-author the eighth edition of the text, over which he was given complete liberty.

“I expanded it and added a couple new chapters,” said Stilson.

He also updated all the exercises and expanded roughly half of the text to aim the book at the more devoted thespian readers.

“It’s more designed for the acting major as opposed to someone who’s taking an appreciation class,” he said.

Strauss describes “The Dance Experience: Insights into History, Culture and Creativity,” the book he co-wrote, as a readable text with a scholarly bent, for dance students.

“In the arts, it’s just as important for the person to have an experience as it is for them to have information,” he said.

This second edition of the book explores a wide range of dance styles, from African and folk dance to ballet, and also touches on technical aspects, such as lighting design. In addition to co-editing and co-authoring the text with Myron Nadel, Strauss helped commission for contribution nine other authors in the field of dance. Edward Villella, director of the prominent Miami City Ballet, wrote the book’s foreword.

The signings will be presented by Southeast Missouri State University and the College of Liberal Arts through a collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance, Mollie’s Café and Touch of Grace Café.

For more information, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at (573) 651-2149 or bscherer@semo.edu.