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The Actor's Book of Classical Monologues: More Than 150 Selections from the Golden Age of Greek Drama, the Age of Shakespeare, the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: DRA006000, PER001000, DRA002000
ISBN: 9781101173916, Related ISBNs: 0140106766, 1101173912, 9780140106763, 9781101173916
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 336,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A challenging, wide-ranging collection of monologues from history’s greatest dramatic works

From the stately and poetic Greek tragedies to the lively, bawdy Restoration comedies, the classical repertoire is a treasure trove of often-overlooked materials for male and female, young and old. The solo pieces collected here vary widely in mood, style, and level of challenge; they include a generous supply of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; and they’re fleshed out with brief plot synopses and valuable historical material. Stefan Rudnicki, an accomplished actor, director, and teacher, also provides practical tips on preparing each scene for audition or performance. Among the playwrights whose works are included are:

Aeschylus
Sophocles
Euridipes
Aristophanes
Shakespeare
Tourneur
Kyd
Middleton
Jonson
Sheridan
Dryden
Congreve

…and many others.

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