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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... explain ( and justify ) the whys and wherefores of Caesar's assassination . } [ For a piece that's shorter — and arguably stronger — consider line 15 as an end point . ) 1 5 10 Romans , countrymen , and lovers , hear me for my cause ...
If you hear a child cry in the night , you must call to the nurse and bid her still it . If the nurse be asleep and will not hear you , why then depart in peace , and let the child wake her with crying ; for the ewe that will not hear ...
... moral 5 noblesse nobility 6 Learn teach forbearance to refrain 9 by to hear present to hear ( testimony given against them ) 10 apparent clear , obvious 13 planted established ( as king ) for 15 forfend forbid 16 climate country 18 ...