Hi! I was wondering what your favorite shakespeare scenes are? Also do you have any tips on performing a standalone scene?

Ooooh, I love this question! There are a number, but here are the ones that come pretty immediately to mind: Hal and Falstaff pretending to be Hal’s father, in Henry IV Part 1 Lady Macbeth washing her hands Not a scene, but Macbeth’s “tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” speech is possibly my favorite passage ever written Richard II’s return to…

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Um…I’m…I’m pretty sure that Shakespeare won’t have any upcoming releases…

Cymbeline: Thoughts on a writer’s progression

Cymbeline is an interesting play, though I don’t entirely think I can describe its themes, or even its plot, very well. The thing that I kept thinking about pretty much through the whole thing was progression. This play seems to consistently be listed as one of the last plays Shakespeare wrote. This was interesting because part of it felt very…

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Thoughts on Lady Macbeth’s journey in the play. Like what she wants at the beginning of the play, how this want develops over the course of the play, and where she ends up at the end of the play. Any textual analysis of her super-objective, needs, actions and resolutions. Description of her as a character? Like what you think she looks like? Sounds like? Her education level? Thank you

Thanks for the question! Lady Macbeth is one of my favorite characters in all of Shakespeare’s work (possibly all of literature?) and I think she’s absolutely fascinating. In terms of what she looked like and sounded like, it’s kind of fun to think about! She definitely would have a strong Scottish brogue, of course. I suppose in my mind, she’s…

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What are some good, not overdone, monologues for auditioning for the roles of Phebe or Celia in As You Like It? Preferably pieces not from As You Like It? Thank you!!!

Hi, shakespearegirl. 🙂 First off, I should say that I am not an actor or director/producer, so I do not necessarily know which monologues may be overdone. So there’s that. And without knowing you or your acting style/personality, it’s a little difficult to recommend a monologue that would fit you. But… One that comes to mind is from Merry Wives…

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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure feels the most unique out of all of the Shakespeare plays I have read so far, although I’m not sure I can quite put my finger on why. Perhaps because of the role religion plays in it? Perhaps because it feels like a tragedy until the end when no deaths have occurred? Perhaps because it brings “problematic” to…

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Henry VIII and Benefit of Hindsight

Extra short post today, because I don’t have much to say about this play. Henry VIII. The last of the Bard’s histories. (Both in terms of when it was written, and in the chronology of the histories themselves.) If I were to rank the Bard’s plays, this would rank very near the bottom, but that’s not what I want to…

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Richard III

Perhaps this is unimaginative and obvious, but I can never help but think of Richard III and Macbeth as…well, kind of the same play. In the best way. Both have villains/anti-heroes/terrible men that drive the action and are our protagonists of the story. This can give us a rather uncomfortable experience, as we are made to feel complicit in their…

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