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All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the Plays of William Shakespeare 1st Edition

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By exploring the mechanics of Shakespeare's writing, these books clearly illustrate how to speak and understand his texts and ultimately break down the language barrier. Both cover the bard's powerful iambic pentameter and its effect on pronunciation, the irregularities that reveal the emotional and psychological state of each character, and how each word works in relation to another concerning prose, verse, blank verse, and rhyming verse. Scheeder, founder and director of the Classical Studio at New York University, and Younts, professor of the techniques of voice and text at the same institution, present a highly useful pronunciation dictionary, supplemented by a glossary that defines character names, places, and unfamiliar words. They use the International Phonetics Alphabet, respell vowels in their key to pronunciation, and intricately mark in scansion each word. When a word can be pronounced two different ways, they indicate both followed by the play, the act, and the scene in which each form is used. Rodenburg, director of voice at London's Royal National Theatre, divides her training guide into four parts, offering practical exercises that aid in comprehending the speeches that define a character's mental state and intentions. Her book uses two guideposts: the givens (including the word, the line, rhyme, and the story) and the imaginative connections necessary to make a piece engaging to both the actor and the audience. Many books exist to help actors approach Shakespeare's works, but they tend toward more general overviews. Both of these books are rich with information and nicely focused. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Elizabeth Stifter, Brooklyn, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Louis Scheeder is founder and director of the Classical Studio, an advanced training program in the Department of Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has directed plays on, off, off-off Broadway, and at regional theaters in the US and Canada. He has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Folger Theatre Group. He also directs both dance and performance.

Shane Ann Younts teaches Techniques of Voice and Text classes in the Graduate Acting Department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, specializing in the texts of Shakespeare. She also teaches and coaches actors for theater, film, and television at her Manhattan studio. She has served as Voice Consultant for Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater productions including The Guthrie Theater, The Public Theater and The Pearl Theatre. She previously taught at The Public Theater's Summer Shakespeare Lab, The Juilliard School (Drama Division), The American Academy of dramatic Arts, and NYU (Undergraduate Drama) in the Classical Studio.

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Product Details

  • Series: Career Development Series
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus; 1 edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575252147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575252148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I couldn't have asked for a more concise and easy to use tool for all ages. The book is complete with the pronunciations for not only the innumerable amount of questionable words in Shakespeare, but it also has a summary of how language was used in each of Shakespeare's plays, as well as a complete Latin section for all of those impossible to pronounce phrases. This will prevent all the disagreements and arguments that are caused as a result of differing opinions on Shakespeare's pronunciation. It levels out the playing field of Sir William for a price that won't hurt your pockets, in a size that won't hurt your back, and a format that won't hurt your brain. Well worth the investment!
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For years, actors, directors, and dramaturgs have struggled with a variety of materials for guidance on the pronunciation of Shakespeare's names, along with a multitude of other resources that helped with the pronunciation of obscure words appearing in his plays. Now Shane Ann Younts and Louis Scheeder, who work in the rehearsal studio with this text every day, have put everything - names plus unfamiliar words - into one easy-to-carry book, with phonetic pronunciations that are so easy to read that they can be instantly applied. This is a groundbreaking work for everyone involved in the rehearsal process of Shakespeare's plays. Every Shakespeare actor or student should own a copy, and no rehearsal table should lack one or three copies for easy reference during every stage of the rehearsal process! Thank-you Shane Ann and Louis, for creating a terrific tool to assist us in this day-to-day process of moving the words off the page in order to bring them to life on the stage. Bravo!!!
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This book is an indispensable guide for anyone directing, performing or studying Shakespeare. Written by two master teachers, it has been painstakingly researched and designed with great care. I wish I'd had access to this terrific tool years ago.
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As an actor who has been in numerous productions of Shakespeare, I am delighted to find this book. In the past, many hours of wasted time have been spent sitting around rehearsal tables trying to figure out how to pronounce a word. Other dictionaries have been searched but no answers were found. Now all we have to do is open "All the Words on Stage". The subtitle "A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare" is perfect because this really is COMPLETE. Another reviewer mentioned not being able to find "o'er'. I don't know why he couldn't find it. It's on the bottom of page 174. The book is so clearly laid out that it's difficult to understand how someone could miss a word.
In productions of "The Tempest", "Julius Caesar" and "Richard III" we have found every word we looked up. Amazing! I think the "Afterthoughts" at the end of the book are gems. The tidbits of information in them are priceless. One of my fellow actors who is preparing for a production of "Love's Labor's Lost" has found the "Latin" section extremely helpful.
I highly, highly recommend this book.
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"All the Words on Stage" is a much needed resource book for every theater company, actor, student-actor, and reader of Shakespeare's plays. Not only is the book organized in a user-friendly way but it is crammed with information - the pronunciation of every word but also a chapter on scanning the lines, a Latin section, and a short paragraph about each of the plays. Thanks to another reviewer, I checked out the book's website and found it extremely informative. It is WWW.ALLTHEWORDSONSTAGE.COM. For anyone who wants some information about the book before purchasing it, this is a terrific way to investigate it.
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Unfortunately I purchased another Shakespeare pronunciation dictionary before I found "All the Words on Stage". "All the Words" has over 5,000 words and it is arranged in a very easy to use way. It is COMPLETE. I wish I had found this first! Students and actors should have a copy of this book and I would think it is essential for anyone teaching Shakespeare on any level - high school or college. It really is a must have book for anyone who just loves reading Shakespeare or watching a production of Shakespeare. A previous reviewer mentioned the website which I found very helpful. It is [...]
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"All the Words on Stage" has been an excellent resource to use when I am in a production of one of Shakespeare's plays. I used to spend a lot of time searching through dictionaries trying to find these archaic words or calling fellow actors who had been in the same play, hoping they would remember how the words were pronounced. Such a huge waste of time. "All the Words on Stage", has made it much easier to prepare for a role. The specific information of each word is amazing. One of my favorite entries is for what appears to be a simple the word - the word "BOW". There are three pronunciations and examples of the word in the play where it is used. It would be impossible to be confused about which pronunciation to use once you have looked up "bow" in this dictionary. As other reviewers have mentioned, the respelling of the words (to show how they are pronounced) is so clear that you don't even need to refer to the Guide at the front of the book. I wish other dictionaries would apply the system used in this book.

I had the book for a few weeks before I noticed the last chapter which is called "Afterthoughts". It is excellent. Short paragraphs on each of the plays which list the amount of poetry and prose in each play as well as examples of words that use a different stress than we do today. It also alerts you to trick words and words that you might not realize are tricky. It is a wonderful addition to an already superb dictionary.

Recommended to anyone who likes to read Shakespeare, to all actors, and to all students who are studying Shakespeare in high school or college.
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