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The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume.

A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and prepare a Shakespeare monologue for classwork, auditions, or performance.

Included herein are over 150 monologues. Each one is placed in context with a brief introduction, is carefully punctuated in the manner that best illustrates its meaning, and is painstakingly and thoroughly annotated. Each is also accompanied by commentary that will spark the actor's imagination by exploring how the interrelationship of meter and the choice of words and sounds yields clues to character and performance. And throughout the book sidebars relate historical, topical, technical, and other useful and entertaining information relevant to the text. In addition, the authors include an overview of poetic and rhetorical elements, brief synopses of all the plays, and a comprehensive index along with other guidelines that will help readers locate the perfect monologue for their needs.

More than just an actor's toolkit, Speak the Speech! is also an entertaining resource that will help demystify Shakespeare's language for the student and theater lover alike.

Rhona Silverbush studied theatre and psychology at Brandeis University and holds a law degree from Boston College Law School. She has acted with regional theatre and Shakespeare companies and has directed and taught drama and Shakespeare. Currently, she coaches professional actors, lectures, writes, and is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Universitys Teachers College. She and her husband live in New York City with their two aging feline divas.

Sami Plotkin graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a double major in Theatre Arts and English Literature, and honed her stagecraft in London under the tutelage of Royal Shakespeare Company members. She later earned her M.F.A. at Columbia Universitys School of the Arts. Sami has performed Shakespeare in the United States and on tour in Europe and the former Soviet Union; she now works as an actor, screenwriter, and playwright. During the hours when the New York Public Library is closed, she lives with her husband in Chelsea.

The authors were awarded a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation for this book in 1999.

Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and prepare a Shakespeare monologue for classwork, auditions, or performance. Included herein are more than 150 monologues. Each one is placed in context with a brief introduction, is carefully punctuated in the manner that best illustrates its meaning, and is painstakingly and thoroughly annotated. Each is also accompanied by commentary that will spark the actor's imagination by exploring how the interrelationship of meter and the choice of words and sounds yields clues to character and performance.

Throughout the book, sidebars relate historical, topical, technical, and other useful and entertaining information relevant to the text. In addition, the authors include an overview of poetic and rhetorical elements, brief synopses of all the plays, and a comprehensive index along with other guidelines that will help readers locate the perfect monologue for their needs. More than just a tool for actors, Speak the Speech! is also an entertaining resource that will help demystify Shakespeare's language for the student.

"Speak the Speech! is quite the most detailed introduction to the delights of Shakespeare that I have ever read. Equally useful to the enthusiastic amateur or the dedicated professional, it is a must for any college and worth a place in any private library. Many congratulations."Terry Hands, Artistic Director Emeritus, The Royal Shakespeare Company

"Although I know Speak the Speech! is intended to be 'an actor's tool kit,' I have found it abundantly helpful as I teach my Shakespeare literature class this semester. The analysis and explication of speeches from As You Like It, Richard II and Henry IV have been a godsend as I work to have Shakespeare's characters jump off the page and live in the imaginations of my students. I am also thrilled to be able to refer students in my Audition Techniques class to the book as they struggle with developing classical audition monologues. The wonder of this text is that it offers textual illumination of familiar passages for seasoned actors and scholars, and is at the same time written in a manner that is immediately accessible beginners. I look forward with excitement to using this book in coming semesters as I teach my classes in acting Shakespeare."Cynthia Dillon, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts, New Mexico State University

"Speak the Speech! is quite the most detailed introduction to the delights of Shakespeare that I have ever read. Equally useful to the enthusiastic amateur or the dedicated professional, it is a must for any college and worth a place in any private library. Many congratulations."Terry Hands, Artistic Director Emeritus, The Royal Shakespeare Company

"I celebrate all things that demystify Shakespeare so that artists and audiences alike can breathe and live inside his wondrous words. Speak the Speech! does just that. It is a great resource not just for actors but for anyone who loves the Bard."George C. Wolfe, Producer, The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival

"Speak the Speech! is wonderful, probably the best book I've seen on the monologues. I think every acting student should have a copy of it on their bookshelf. I recommend it highly and with enthusiasm."Judith Patterson, President/CEO, U.S. Performing Arts

"Speak the Speech! is a remarkable tool, in that it provides all sorts of important commentary and analysis laid out in an extremely clear and succinct manner. It is rich with insightful and sensitive analysis of the texts, their events, language and characters, it is well thought out and elegantly styled, and while being educational, it is also easy to use, and perhaps most importantly, entertaining . . . I will be sure to use this book as my classroom textbook, and will require all my students to purchase it."Des Gallant, Literary Manager, Florida Stage and Vice President of Development, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)

"Speak the Speech! combines extensive, concise, fascinating research with commonsense acting tips. It's a great reference for any actor."Michael Murray, Director of Theater Arts, Brandeis University

"A fabulous book, gloriously packed with information."Sir Derek Jacobi

"For the actor looking to find in one collection a comprehensive selection of Shakespeare's monologues, Speak the Speech! is a rich and comprehensive resource."Jeffrey Horowitz, Artistic Director, Theatre for a New Audience

"An enormously useful tool for auditioning actors who are not fully acquainted with the contexts of their audition pieces. Extensive textual footnotes and a summary of the plot and character qualities provide a shortcut that may give added depth and life to an audition."Tina Packer, Artistic Director, Shakespeare & Company

"No other volume treating Shakespeare's monologues is as complete as this one."Library Journal

"Knowledgeable . . . Silverbush

Synopsis:

The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume.

A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and prepare a Shakespeare monologue for classwork, auditions, or performance.

Included herein are over 150 monologues. Each one is placed in context with a brief introduction, is carefully punctuated in the manner that best illustrates its meaning, and is painstakingly and thoroughly annotated. Each is also accompanied by commentary that will spark the actor's imagination by exploring how the interrelationship of meter and the choice of words and sounds yields clues to character and performance. And throughout the book sidebars relate historical, topical, technical, and other useful and entertaining information relevant to the text. In addition, the authors include an overview of poetic and rhetorical elements, brief synopses of all the plays, and a comprehensive index along with other guidelines that will help readers locate the perfect monologue for their needs.

More than just an actor's toolkit, Speak the Speech! is also an entertaining resource that will help demystify Shakespeare's language for the student and theater lover alike.

About the Author

Rhona Silverbush studied theatre and psychology at Brandeis University and holds a law degree from Boston College Law School. She has acted with regional theatre and Shakespeare companies and has directed and taught drama and Shakespeare. Currently, she coaches professional actors, lectures, writes, and is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Universitys Teachers College. She and her husband live in New York City with their two aging feline divas.

Sami Plotkin graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a double major in Theatre Arts and English Literature, and honed her stagecraft in London under the tutelage of Royal Shakespeare Company members. She later earned her M.F.A. at Columbia Universitys School of the Arts. Sami has performed Shakespeare in the United States and on tour in Europe and the former Soviet Union; she now works as an actor, screenwriter, and playwright. During the hours when the New York Public Library is closed, she lives with her husband in Chelsea.

The authors were awarded a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation for this book in 1999.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571211227
Author:
Silverbush, Rhona
Author:
Plotkin, Sami
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Acting
Subject:
Scenes and Monologues
Subject:
Monologues
Subject:
Quotations
Subject:
Shakespeare - William - Dramatic production
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Subject:
Monologues & Scenes
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
AC no. 23-17A
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Glossary, Index
Pages:
1088
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.00 in

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The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume.

A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and prepare a Shakespeare monologue for classwork, auditions, or performance.

Included herein are over 150 monologues. Each one is placed in context with a brief introduction, is carefully punctuated in the manner that best illustrates its meaning, and is painstakingly and thoroughly annotated. Each is also accompanied by commentary that will spark the actor's imagination by exploring how the interrelationship of meter and the choice of words and sounds yields clues to character and performance. And throughout the book sidebars relate historical, topical, technical, and other useful and entertaining information relevant to the text. In addition, the authors include an overview of poetic and rhetorical elements, brief synopses of all the plays, and a comprehensive index along with other guidelines that will help readers locate the perfect monologue for their needs.

More than just an actor's toolkit, Speak the Speech! is also an entertaining resource that will help demystify Shakespeare's language for the student and theater lover alike.

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