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 15 A fool , a fool ! I met a fool i ' th ' forest , A motley fool . A miserable world ! As I do live by food , I met a fool , Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun , And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms , In good set ...
35 40 Withal , as large a charter as the wind , To blow on whom I please , for so fools have . ... The " why " is plain as way to parish church : He that a fool doth very wisely hit Doth very foolishly , although he smart , Not to seem ...
For so they say the fool said , and so say I , and I the fool . Well prov'd , wit ! By the Lord , this love is as mad as Ajax . It kills sheep ; it kills me , | a sheep . Well prov'd again o ' my side !