Item description for Speak the Speech!: Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated by Rhona Silverbush & Sami Plotkin...
Overview A collection of 150 Shakespearean monologues includes annotations and useful punctuation designed to help students memorize and perform these powerful literary and dramatic masterpieces. Original.
Publishers Description 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Speak the Speech!: Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated by Rhona Silverbush & Sami Plotkin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 06/03/2002
PW Notes and Reprints - 06/03/2002 page 84
Library Journal - 06/01/2002 page 148
Choice - 03/01/2003 page 1189
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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 Speak the Speech! in 1999.
Reviews - What do customers think about Speak the Speech!: Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated?
So much help... Feb 13, 2007
This book has been so helpful in my auditioning process. THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING THIS!!
Unbelievably useful and clear. Jan 21, 2007
As a young actor currently studying Shakespeare in an acting conservatory, this book perfectly compliments the tools I am being taught.
It is full of information written in a clear, efficient manner and is never patronizing to the reader. The tone has a lighteness and joy that invites the actor into the world of classical text and removes any stodgy stereotypes that may surround the poet's work.
I recommend this book to any actor who is looking for some less performed Shakespeare monologues and comes equipped with an incredibley useful guide to understanding the plays themselves, as well as what is going on specifically with each monologue.
I would buy it as a gift for all of my acting friends.
Bravo to the authors.
simply the best Jul 2, 2006
Simply the best book ever to analyze Shakespeare's monologues: incisive, illuminating, deeply intelligent, always entertaining and sometimes brilliant. Experienced actors as well as those new to the craft will find this immeasurably helpful, and they will have plenty of company. Anyone who appreciates Shakespeare's words and work will find this wonderful book an oasis in a literary desert too often filled with mirages.
Great help for even a layman to understand Shakespeare May 11, 2003
As a nonactor I'm in the midst of reading this book. Now for the first time I'm completely grasping the prose and verse. In the past I've tried to read Shakespeare cold, with no help, and as a modern English speaker you can pick up some things yes, but this book makes it all, and I mean all clear. We get well over 100 of his greatest monologues, and every unfamiliar word is fully explained, as well as multiple interpretations of the lines.
I recommend this book to students, actors, writers, and layman for it will unleash the magic of the verse. And when it does you can read or see a performance and grasp it all...and there is so much to grasp, and a good play requires a good reader, a good performance, a good audience, and this book will make you one.
How An Actor Prepares Nov 14, 2002
Learn the Speech! Actors need tools for their acting toolkit and not a day goes by here at my Writers & Performers Garage in Los Angeles that I don't mention this great new tool. With over 150 monologues, it's an essential for actor preparation. I can't think of any recent book I've read that is more useful for actors working seriously at their craft.