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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Setting the Scene It goes without saying that the plot - related comments found at the beginning of each chapter and preceding each entry are not offered as stand - ins for actually reading the play . Instead , they are asked to perform ...
I'll have these players Play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle . I'll observe his looks ; I'll tent him to the quick . If ' a do blench , I know my course . The spirit that I have seen May be the devil , and the ...
15 20 so o'erdone is from the purpose of playing , whose end , both at the first and now , was and is , to hold ... O , there be players that I have seen play , and heard others praise and that highly — not to speak it profanely ...