Intimate cinema-verite study of a local theater group, the Berkeley Stage Company as it goes through the month-long rehearsal process of a new play Baby
, by Drury Pifer. Follows the actors from the first day of rehearsal to the preview performance. Emphasis is placed on the role of the director, Angela Paton (formerly a leading lady with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco), as she works with the actors and discusses her method of directing. The Actor's Eye
was originally shot on videotape and later transferred to film, which allowed for a maximum amount of coverage and a truly candid look at Paton and the actors at work.
Distributed by University of California Extension Media Center. Aired on PBS KQED Womantime
"the most successful approach I have seen of presenting that subjective elusive 'progress' that a stage director takes the actors and the play through from first reading to opening performance." — John Y. Young Chairman, Department of Theatre Arts, UCLA