Shakespeare for One: Men: The Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces / Edition 224

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004884
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/18/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 224
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 644,559
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

All's Well that Ends Well 1
Antony and Cleopatra 5
As You Like It 9
The Comedy of Errors 20
Coriolanus 24
Cymbeline 33
Hamlet 39
Henry IV, Part 1 60
Henry IV, Part 2 70
Henry V 76
Henry VI, Part 1 84
Henry VI, Part 2 89
Henry VI, Part 3 96
Henry VIII 106
Julius Caesar 110
King John 121
King Lear 127
Love's Labor's Lost 139
MacBeth 148
Measure for Measure 155
The Merchant of Venice 159
The Merry Wives of Windsor 166
A Midsummer Night's Dream 173
Much Ado about Nothing 179
Othello 186
Pericles 198
Richard II 202
Richard III 212
Romeo and Juliet 223
The Taming of the Shrew 233
The Tempest 237
Timon of Athens 242
Titus Andronicus 251
Troilus and Cressida 258
Twelfth Night 262
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 268
The Winter's Tale 273
Guide to Pronunciation 279
The Long and Short of It 289
Straight Talk and Rhyme 293
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits: Suggestions for the Initiates 296
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