Once More unto the Speech, Dear Friends: The Comedies by William ShakespeareOnce More unto the Speech, Dear Friends: The Comedies by William Shakespeare

Once More unto the Speech, Dear Friends: The Comedies

byWilliam ShakespeareArranged byNeil Freeman

Paperback | May 1, 2006

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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.
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Gra...
Title:Once More unto the Speech, Dear Friends: The ComediesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:422 pages, 10.99 × 8.56 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:10.99 × 8.56 × 1.2 inPublished:May 1, 2006Publisher:ApplauseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1557836566

ISBN - 13:9781557836564