Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 221. Tuesday, 6 April 1993.
Date: Monday, 5 Apr 93 13:10:18 PDT
Subject: Audition Monologues [for men]
I sent these informal references to the man who previously requested pointers
on monologues, but I never had the time to get more specific (and still don't).
Since we now have another member asking for pointers, maybe this list will get
someone with better thoughts reacting.
What's your strength?
Two Gents - the first Launce speech about Crab his dog and leaving home
Comedy of Errors - There's a speech towards the end where Antipholus explains
what has happened to him to date (abused by wife, goldsmith, pinch, and
As You Like It - Seven Ages of Man, Jacques
H4 - something by Falstaff. I have to skim the plays to be more specific
Madness and intensity:
King Lear - The speech where Edmund takes on Poor Tom's persona
RIII - Clarence wakes up in prison and recounts dream right before getting
called ("sea change")
Measure for Measure - where Angelo decides he'll make a pass for Isabel.
Merchant of Venice - Hath not a Jew? Although in general I'd steer away
from any really famous speech (all of Hamlet), this one allows such a nice
range and tension, that I'd risk it.
Command of language:
R&J - Mercutio's Queen Mab speech
HV - the imagine champing horses speech by the Chorus