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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5 10 Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow , Being so troublesome a bedfellow ? O polish'd perturbation ! Golden care ! That keep'st the ports of slumber open wide To many a watchful night ! Sleep with it now !
So do I wish the crown , being so far off ; And so I chide the means that keeps me from it ; And so , I say , I'll cut the causes off , Flattering me with impossibilities . My eye's too quick , my heart o'erweens too much , Unless my ...
Give me the crown . [ He takes the crown . ] Here , cousin , seize the crown . Here , cousin , On this side my hand , and on that side thine . Now is this golden crown like a deep well That owes two buckets , filling one another ...