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Acting Shakespeare is Outrageous! by Herb Parker

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AppendixPRACTICE SPEECHES FOR MEN AND WOMEN

 

 

Here are a few speeches you can use to work on. You can also of course find your own; the choice is huge. Some are in prose and some in blank verse, so try one of each. As always I urge you to start reading and memorizing right away, to allow yourself to feel the memorization coming, as it honestly will, out of repeating the rhythm of the words. Again I have intentionally left out any footnotes or synopses, though I did add the act and scene numbers so that you can learn a bit more after you’ve taken them out for a spin (I am guessing that even the playwright himself would not object to you having those). In the meantime, act, and ask questions later. Let Shakespeare’s words tell you what to do ...

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