Speak the Speech!

Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated

Rhona Silverbush and Sami Plotkin

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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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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Speak the Speech!
Monologues 
 
KING JOHNACT I, SCENE iPHILIP THE BASTARDGENDER: M PROSE/VERSE: blank verse AGE RANGE: adult to mature adult FREQUENCY OF USE (1--5) : 2Philip the Bastard has just come up in the world: he and his brother Robert sought King John's arbitration of their dispute over their father's inheritance. Dad left all the land to Robert, in a will that Philip, as the older son, naturally contested. Having realized that Philip is actually the bastard son of the late King Richard I, Queen Elinor has made her grandson an offer he can't refuse: she has just invited

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"I celebrate all things that demystify Shakespeare so that artists and audiences alike can breathe and live inside his wonderous 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

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About the Author

Rhona Silverbush and Sami Plotkin

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 University’s 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 University’s 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.

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Speak the Speech!
Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated
Rhona Silverbush and Sami Plotkin

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
September 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571211227
ISBN10: 0571211224
7 x 9 1/4 inches, 1088 pages, Glossary, Index
$40.00

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e-Book Agency
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
September 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998499
ISBN10: 1429998490
1088 pages, Glossary, Index
$19.99
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