Where is a good place to find a Men's Shakespeare Audition Monologue?

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Answered by: Tony, An Expert in the Theater - General Category
The great thing about finding a Men's Shakespeare Audition Monologue is that you have quite a few options. Here are some choices to help you get started, but I suggest reading on after the list for a better understanding of what you should be looking for. I will list the Character name, the play, and if the monologue is "overdone".

Romeo (Romeo & Juliet) overdone

Proteus (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

Hal (Henry IV part 1 or 2)

Ferdinand (Tempest)

Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet)

Hamlet (Hamlet) overdone and over 30

Puck (Midsummer Night's Dream) overdone

Ariel (Tempest)

Auditioning for a Shakespeare production can always be a daunting task. Unless you've had a lot of training in the subject the words of the Bard can often seemed stilted, unnatural and even down right confusing. The easiest thing to remember about any audition monologue, Shakespeare or otherwise, is that if YOU don't know what you are talking about, neither will your listener. Keeping this in mind, the most important step in selecting a Shakespeare Audition Monologue for Men is knowing what you're character is saying and having a firm understanding of why your character is saying it.

There are a multitude of ways to go about finding the perfect Men's Shakespeare Audition Monologue. The easiest route is to find a monologue book at your local bookstore or, using your favorite search engine (like Google), look for some on the Internet. Keep in mind as you search to look for something that you understand right off the bat. If you get three verse lines into the monologue and you still have no idea what this person is talking about then you need to move on and keep looking. Make sure that the character is experiencing a dilemma that you connect to or have experienced in your life as that shared experience will only make it easier for you to communicate whatever struggle the character is going through. If you understand heartache, go with a Romeo, Proteus, or Ferdinand. If you connect more easily to family politics then you should look more for a Hal or even Hamlet and so on.

The BEST way to find a Shakespeare Audition monologue for men, WITHOUT A DOUBT, is to find a Shakespeare play that interests you (presumably one that has a leading young male character in it) and READ IT!! You will understand a monologue from that character so much more when it is fully in context and any references made in the text will become clearer and easier to communicate.

If you are an experienced Shakespeare actor looking to find something that is unique and not often done in auditions and desperately want to stay away from the standards like Romeo and Proteus here is a little tip to help you find that unique edge. Read the play that features one of your favorite characters, then find a scene that you connect to on a deep, visceral level. After that, look for the argument in the scene, what it is that your character is going after... Based on that argument, see if you can piece together a monologue from the dialogue in the scene. Make sure the monologue fully communicates the character's argument from start to finish with a clear beginning, middle and end. Note: If you switch pronouns around a little you can sometimes steal lines from other characters and make them part of your character's argument. This technique is a refreshing way to "create" a unique monologue that you love while still staying true to performing Shakespeare's words. Just remember to check your Scansion and be aware of all Pentameter devices to make your "New Monologue" flows with good rhythm. I did this with Richard II and it is without a doubt my favorite monologue in my repertoire.

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