Although the building of the Actors Studio was not exactly the prettiest and was not much to admire, the important thing was what was happening inside. It was previously known as the Old Labor Stage in New York and operated as such until 1947. It was originally built in 1850 as a chapel to accommodate a religion that gave importance to acting. This was the Method, or what Konstantin Stanislavski referred to as the System. It may also be referred to as the Process since those who participated had to undergo a lifelong exploration of the craft, self, and realism. Although Stanislavski took a liking for acting even as a young man, he was fraught by the problem of presentational style. In this style, an actor has to wait for another actor to finish before he is able to speak, and emotion is indicated instead of being expressed.
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