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This classroom and theater-tested program teaches amateur
and professional actors alike how to understand and
effectively communicate the poetry of Shakespeare.
Organized around passages from Romeo and Juliet, a
simple, three-step process is presented. In the first
step, Test Your Understanding, readers learn the value of
looking up words in the Oxford English Dictionary and
paraphrase passages to ensure that they truly understand
the words they are speaking. The second step, Stress for
Meaning, presents essential tools for speaking
Shakespeare effectively, including iambic pentameter and
correct rhythm, and explains how to syncopate for
meaning. The final step, Celebrate the Poetry, honors the
poetry of Shakespeare through a discussion of the use of
punctuation, repeated sounds, and connecting key words
and phrases. Exercises bring all the elements of these
"""Mr. Colaianni and Mr. Pritner have created this important book devoted to the technique for speaking heightened texts on the stage. By studying the fundamentals Colaianni and Pritner here provide, the serious actor can begin a lifelong commitment to this important, and all too often ignored, essential part of the actor's tools." --Marco Baricelli, artistic associate, American Conservatory Theatre; Leading Actor, Oregon Shakespeare Festival ""How to Speak Shakespeare" is an invaluable, entertaining and informative book. This is the most accessible and unintimidating work on this subject I have read. It will be of equal interest to actors, scholars and lay people." --Vivian Matalon, Tony Award-winning director "This one won't sit long on the shelves after students and teachers discover it. Presented in the most simple--but not condescending--terms, Pritner and Colaianni teach readers how to understand and speak Shakespearean plays...lessons are easy to follow and written with a friendly hand. Thankfully, there are no synopses or critical interpretations, just excellent tutelage in Shakespeare's word usage, punctuation and poetry." --"Today's Librarian" "It is clear that "How to Speak Shakespeare" is not only for drama classes, but it can also be easily integrated into an English literature class. It provides a step-by-step guide to cracking the code of Shakespearean language and structure. . . . This book takes something that can be very daunting and makes it easier to understand." --"English Journal"
Series: SANTA MONICA PRESS
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 15.2 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2