Once More unto the Speech, Dear Friends: Volume III: The Tragedies

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(Applause Books). There has been a great change in the last twenty years to actor auditions, which now require the demonstration of enormous flexibility. The actor is often expected to show more range than ever before, and often several shorter audition speeches are asked for instead of one or two longer ones. To stay at the top of his or her game, the Shakespearean actor needs more knowledge of what makes the play tick, especially since the early plays demand a different style from the later ones. Each genre (comedy, history, tragedy) has
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Overview

(Applause Books). There has been a great change in the last twenty years to actor auditions, which now require the demonstration of enormous flexibility. The actor is often expected to show more range than ever before, and often several shorter audition speeches are asked for instead of one or two longer ones. To stay at the top of his or her game, the Shakespearean actor needs more knowledge of what makes the play tick, especially since the early plays demand a different style from the later ones. Each genre (comedy, history, tragedy) has different requirements. No current monologue book deals directly with the bulk of these concerns. One More unto the Speech, Dear Friends now fills that gap. This three volume set will help actors discover the extra details of humanity that the original folio texts automatically offer. Of Shakespeare's 37 plays, only Pericles is not included. In the trilogy of books there are over 900 separate audition possibilities. This represents about 600 more monologues than are available in any other series. There are four parts to each speech:
• A background giving context and approximate timing;
• A modern text version;
• The original folio version;
• Commentary to explain the differences between the two texts including full discussion of the devices peculiar to that speech's genre, the age and gender of the character, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557836571
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Speak the Speech, I Pray You Series
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Master List of Speeches
General Introduction
Preface and Brief Background to the First Folio 1
Introduction 4
Principles Applicable to All the Plays 9
Exploring the Histories 13
Summary 25
How the Three Columns Work Visually 26
Speeches
Richard III 126
King John 170
Richard II 214
Henry V 334
Henry VIII 382
Bibliography 424
Appendices 426
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