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Shakespeare for One: Women: The Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces

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At some point in their careers, all actors have to face the task of working up a classical monologue-preferably one that's accessible, compelling, and not done to death. This volume collects virtually all of the monologues for women 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 ...

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Overview

At some point in their careers, all actors have to face the task of working up a classical monologue-preferably one that's accessible, compelling, and not done to death. This volume collects virtually all of the monologues for women 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 men, Shakespeare for One: Men, is also available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004877
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/18/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 677,302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
All's Well that Ends Well 1
Antony and Cleopatra 6
As You Like It 10
The Comedy of Errors 17
Coriolanus 22
Cymbeline 28
Hamlet 35
Henry IV, Part 1 38
Henry IV, Part 2 40
Henry V 43
Henry VI, Part 1 45
Henry VI, Part 2 51
Henry VI, Part 3 57
Henry VIII 62
Julius Caesar 66
King John 70
King Lear 75
Love's Labor's Lost 78
Macbeth 82
Measure for Measure 88
The Merchant of Venice 93
The Merry Wives of Windsor 99
A Midsummer Night's Dream 104
Much Ado About Nothing 109
Othello 112
Pericles 115
Richard II 118
Richard III 120
Romeo and Juliet 126
The Taming of the Shrew 134
The Tempest 136
Titus Andronicus 139
Troilus and Cressida 143
Twelfth Night 146
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 149
The Winter's Tale 153
Guide to Pronunciation 159
The Long and Short of It 169
Straight Talk and Rhyme 172
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits: Suggestions for the Initiates 174
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