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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Tis thou Hast sold me to this novice , and my heart Makes only wars on thee . O sun , thy uprise shall I see no more . Fortune and Antony part here ; even here Do we shake hands . All come to this ? The hearts That spaniel'd me at heels ...
... but , sweet heart , let that pass . By the world , | recount no fable ! Some certain special honors it pleaseth his greatness to impart to Armado , a soldier , a man of travel , that hath seen the world ; but let that pass .
It does a man's heart good . Look you what hacks are on his helmet ! Look you yonder , do you see ? Look you there . There's no jesting ; there's laying on , take ' t off who will , as they say . There be hacks !