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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If any , speak , for him have I offended . I pause for a reply . [ No one speaks . ] Then none have I offended . I have done no more to Caesar than you shall do to Brutus . The question of his death is enrolld in the Capitol ; his glory ...
I am no orator , as Brutus is , But , as you know me all , a plain blunt man That love my friend ; and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him . For I have neither wit , nor words , nor worth , Action , nor ...
I speak to subjects , and a subject speaks , Stirr'd up by God , thus boldly for his king . My Lord of Hereford here , whom you call king , Is a foul traitor to proud Hereford's king . And if you crown him , let me prophesy : The blood ...