Shakespeare for One: Men : the Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces
At some point in their careers, all actors have to face the task of working up a classical monologue&3151;preferably one that's accessible, compelling, and not done to death. This volume collects virtually all of the monologues for men from Shakespeare's 37 plays. Not only actors, but directors and teachers, too, will find this book a treasure trove of the famous soliloquies plus many unfamiliar gems.
Arranged alphabetically by play title, the monologues are presented in an actor-friendly format, beginning with a thumbnail sketch of the story's key developments and a streamlined cast of characters. Exhaustive explanatory notes offer up a wealth of helpful tips-from definitions of archaic words and expressions to comments on both setting and accompanying action. Appendixes include a list of the monologues by length and an authoritative guide to pronunciation of names and places-invaluable for experienced actors, absolutely essential for the novice.
Whether you're preparing for your first or your fiftieth audition, you won't want to go solo without Shakespeare for One.
Newell's companion volume of monologues for women, Shakespeare for One: Women, is also available.
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Thou art not noble , For all th ' accommodations that thou bear'st Are nurs'd by baseness . Thou ' rt by no means valiant , For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm . Thy best of rest is sleep , And that thou oft ...
This is the hag , when maids lie on their backs , That presses them and learns them first to bear , Making them women of good carriage . | talk of dreams , Which are the children of an idle brain , Begot of nothing but vain fantasy ...
... tried 18 to ... bear there is no honor in seeking revenge ; to bear wrongs without reply is true valor 19 under favor by your leave , with your permission 21 fond foolish 22 Sleep ( why not just ) sleep 24 repugnancy opposition 25 ...