I don't get it. How do I use this site to find monologues?
Whether you're having trouble understanding how to use the site, or want to make sure you're getting the most out of the site, this video will walk you through it. The basics of using the site are all covered in the first 4 minutes. You'll know all about using the site after the first 7.5 minutes, and you'll find out about the site's social media presence if you watch all 13.5 minutes. Enjoy:
Why is the text of a monologue on this site a little different from the copy I have?
Different versions of Shakespeare's works have variations in the text because
each publishing house hired a different group of 'editors' who,
working primarily with the First
Folio of 1623, set to ink their own "interpretation" and
"improvements" upon the text found in the First Folio. The folio
is the oldest available full printing of the complete works, and is
closer to how the plays were originally performed.*
The spellings, punctuation (or lack thereof) and other conventions
used in the folio contain hints for actors which are lost in the later
versions through "corrections" and other edits made by the editors of
more recent generations. This site uses text from The Globe editions because that is the text used by the Open Source Shakespeare to which I link for each entry.
Why are the line numbers on this site different from the line numbers in the copy I have?
The line numbers I've listed in the index of monologues may differ (by up to 10 lines or so) from the hard copy version you have in your home/school/theatre. This is common as the line numbers vary from edition to edition.
Why is the search tool not finding the monologue I'm searching for?
The search engine on the site is not as advanced as search websites (e.g. Google.) It will look for exactly what you type, including punctuation and spelling. Try removing punctuation, or browse to the page for the play the monologue is from and search there.
Can you suggest a monologue for me?
No, I cannot. Only someone who has seen you act can suggest an appropriate monologue to show off the uniqueness that is you. Ask a friend, teacher, director or someone else who has seen you act in class or in performance. Perhaps pose the question to your friends on Facebook and/or your Twitter followers.
If you're not an actor but are required to memorize a monologue for a non-acting class just pick one you've heard of or that sounds interesting to you.
Why are "Double Falsehood", "The Reign of Edward III" and other "lost plays" not included?
This site is faithful to the First Folio. I'm not interested in any aspects of the "Authorship Debate" because the question of "who really wrote the plays" is completely irrelevant to acting or directing the plays. The "lost plays" or "new plays" have become a part of that debate, so to avoid that controversy altogether I stick with the original complete works as published in the First Folio.
I don't like ads. Why are there so many ads on the site?
For the same reason you see ads in the program when you see a play. Production (of any kind) is not free, so I need to try to recover a little bit of the money I lose on this site by running ads.
I don't like ads either. I don't mind if you use adblocking software while viewing this site. Here are links to adblocking for web browsers:
Do you have a site map?
We do. You don't really need it. It's harder to navigate with than the site itself, but in case you're just that kind of geek (like me), you can view it in html here or xml here.