Shakespeare for One: Men : the Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces

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History Ink Books, 2002 - Drama - 298 pages

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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Contents

AS YOU LIKE IT
9
CORIOLANUS
24
HAMLET
39
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Among many other things, Douglas Newell has acted professionally on stage, film, and television. While earning an M.F.A. in Acting from U.C.L.A., he couldn't help but notice the need for a more comprehensive and actor-friendly collection of classical monologues. Enter, Shakespeare for One.

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