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TEXT ANALYSIS--WorkBook by Larry Gleason
The Whole WorkBook-- the whole enchilada
WorkBook 2012 Complete
Download the whole document. Print pages 1-16; 27-28. Bring those pages to class
every Friday. The other parts of the WorkBook are for you to review on your own time.
Many pages are devoted to your work in Shakespeare Text Class with Ed Berkeley.
from the WorkBook
What The Script And The Playwright Are Trying To Tell Us
Presentations Collection Examples-- A compilation of documents used by 06-07, 07-08,
08-09 sections as part of their in-class presentations. These documents include original
work as well as material culled from many published sources.
Text Cartoon #1
Text Cartoon #2
Technical Work For Text
from the WorkBook
Think of this section as homework. We will not work on these specific pages in
class. However, they will be referred to and you will be expected to know what these
terms mean and how they are used in examining the text.
More Technical Work to be posted soon.
Assignments and Schedules
from the WorkBook
Text Analysis Presentations Instructions
Text Analysis Presentations Schedule
Text Analysis Roundtable Instructions
Sonnets Text Work Study Guide (Microsoft Word document)
Sonnets Text Work Study Guide (PowerPoint presentation- Large file: 56K (12-15min
download, website only).
The Sonnets (Microsoft Word document, website only)
The 154 Sonnets of William Shakespeare (Individual sonnets, all with audio, website
George Bernard Shaw Monologues
from the WorkBook
Shaw Monologue Instructions
additional help, website only:
Working on George Bernard Shaw Monologues Open with Microsoft PowerPoint, Large
file: 56K (12-15min download).
Shaw Monologues Presentation Schedule
For more information on The Art of Rhetoric and audio definitions of Literary Devices
used in good Rhetorical Speaking, go to this webpage.
The following plays by George Bernard Shaw used in Text Analysis are courtesy of
Project Gutenberg. Click on links to download free e-texts from Project Gutenberg or
directly from file.
From Project Gutenberg:
Arms and the Man
Androcles and the Lion
Man and Superman
Mrs. Warren's Profession
If you have a chance, take in monthly readings of Shaw's plays at The Player's
Club in NYC. Go to PROJECT SHAW for more information.
Looking for a Shakespearean monologue? Try here.
Shakespearean Insult Kit
Impress your friends or just for the fun of it. Click here.
The Actor and His Text by Cecily Berry
(companion text by Cecily Berry: Voice And The Actor)
Speak The Speech! Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated by Rhona Silverbush and Sami
Speaking Shakespeare by Patsy Rodenburg
Thinking Shakespeare by Barry Edelstein
Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary by Alexander Schmidt
Volume I A-M
Volume II N-Z
Every word defined and located, more than 50,000 quotations identified
Shakespeare's Words-A Glossary & Language Companion by David Crystal and Ben Crystal
NOW ONLINE! AT www.shakespearswords.com
Pronouncing Shakespeare’s Words (a guide from A to Zounds) by Dale F. Cole
Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Stephen Booth
Edited with analytic commentary
The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Helen Vendler
Detailed and erudite commentary
Essential Shakespeare Handbook by Leslie-Dunton Downer and Alan Riding
Shakespeare Quarterly by The Shakespeare Association of America
Periodical of essays referenced at The New York Public Library Main Branch on
42nd Street, NYC
The 154 Sonnets by Larry Gleason
All 154 Sonnets edited and spoken by Larry Gleason
Insight and Discussion-Books-Shakespeare
Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber
Shakespeare—The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom
Shakespeare Comedies by Harold Bloom
Lectures on Shakespeare by W. H. Auden
Shakespeare’s Language by Frank Kermode
Shakespeare’s Wordplay by M. M. Mahood
Shakespeare’s Kings by John Julius Norwich
On Directing Shakespeare by Ralph Berry
Players of Shakespeare by Philip Brockbank
Playing Shakespeare by John Barton
Twelfth Night—A User’s Guide by Michael Pennington
I Am Hamlet by Steven Berkoff
Shakespeare’s Players by Judith Cook
Manners and Movements in Costume Plays by Isabel Chisman and Hester E. Raven-Hart
(may be out of print, check NYPL or Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library)
Shakespearean Tragedy (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth) by A. C. Bradley
Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale Critical Essays edited by Kenneth Muir
http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/festivals.htm Shakespearean Theaters
http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/ The complete works of William Shakespeare
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/shakespeare/folio/ The First Folio and Early Quartos of
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/ Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be
the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works.
http://shakespeare.clusty.com/ Shakespeare Searched is a search engine designed to
provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.
Other Text Sources
www.dramabookshop.com The Drama Book Store, NYC
http://www.yourdictionary.com/ Various free dictionaries of all types
www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/s Free e-texts
www.doolee.com Free online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays
www.historicaltimeline.com Five world history timelines merged
http://www.bibliomania.com Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles,
short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free.
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/rhetoricaldevicesinsound.htm Rhetorical Figures in
Sound is a compendium of 200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 40 different figures of
speech. Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek and
Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period.
Since your classes are so tightly scheduled, there is no way to make up classes. The
only way to avoid probation is to not miss class. Check with Larry if you are unsure of
your attendance record. Latenesses and absences are reported and will lead to
probation and possibly severance from the program.
This page is intended for the exclusive use of students participating in
the Circle In The Square Professional Workshop, in particular its 1st
year students. The class is called Text Analysis. You are welcome to
peruse this section if you like, but Larry cannot answer questions,
e-mails or phone calls regarding its content. Use and discussion
pertaining to these materials can only be done as part of the complete
program offered by the Circle In The Square Professional Workshop.
"Actors are constantly
wanting to understand who
they are and why they are
behaving the way they are
and to show it. The secret
to this play (The
Homecoming) is not to
show it. It's really about
putting it all together, then
forgetting it because you
have to play very
you do Pinter."
Whenever an actor gets
into trouble in a scene, I
tell a dirty joke. Dirty
jokes have a beginning,
middle and end -- a
perfect storytelling device.
Liev Scheiber on preparing
generally, because it's so
text-oriented, you have to
start with the text. For
me, character just kind of
springs out of that."
Said of Voice Coach Patsy
interest is not academic.
She will illuminate the
text in human terms so
that the relations make
to the heart of what the
play's about." Ms
Rodenburg says: "It's a
small price to pay for
actors to be guided by
language and to trust the
words, to walk into the
text and to let the text
The New York TIMES
|Larry Gleason as 'Biff Loman' with
Jacqueline Brookes as 'Linda Loman' in
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
click on picture for larger view
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|Thanks for the good
Let's Take Five :
|HYPATIA. ....I dont want
to be good; and I dont
want to be bad: I just
dont want to be bothered
about either good or bad:
I want to be an active
"The lesson we have to
learn is that our dislike
for certain persons
does not give us any
right to injure our fellow
creatures. The social
rule must be: 'Live and
let live.' "
-- George Bernard Shaw
and an example of
sententia, a rhetorical
|Hal Prince on theater and
"I've always believed that to
make a career in the theater,
or perhaps even to have
genuine appreciation of what
separates the theater from the
other media, is to have a
healthy grasp of its history.
It's a sad fact that so many of
our most famous playwrights
are unknown to young people
who pursue theatrical careers.
It seems impossible that the
mention of Sidney Kingsley or
Elmer Rice or Robert Sherwood
(four Pulitzer Prizes!) can be
met with blank stares. Not only
should these authors be known
and their plays be read..."
NY Daily News
"Our doubts are traitors
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt."
Measure For Measure--
Act 1, scene 4
Monday May 19th, 2008
Larry Joined The Cast in PROJECT
SHAW'S THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE. Written
by George Bernard Shaw in 1896, it is a
thrilling comedy that employs the
unlikely backdrop of the American
Revolution. Some of Shaw's most
iconographic characters fill out this
story of revolt: of one country against
another, as well as of the inexhaustible
battle of the human spirit - how we
choose to create and define ourselves
in the face of societal expectations. In
this play, we find ourselves in 1777 New
Hampshire where Dick Dudgeon opens
his heart to life. Along the way,
everyone else goes through profound
changes of discovery, hope and
Mrs. Dudgeon — Ms. Mary Beth Peil*
Christopher Dudgeon — Mr. Dan Truman
Essie — Ms. Emily Young
Judith Anderson — Ms. Jennifer Ferrin**
Rev. Anthony Anderson — Mr. Charles
Lawyer Hawkins — Mr. Howard Kissel
William Dudgeon — Mr. John Martello
Major Swindon — Mr. John Bolton***
Richard Dudgeon — Mr. Euan Morton****
The Sergeant — Mr. Larry Gleason
General Burgoyne — Mr. Edward
Host: Howard Kissel
Produced and directed by David Staller.
*Sunday In The Park With George
**The 39 Steps
|After the play, Hamlet, at
the Broadhurst Theater,
I didn't know Hamlet died
at the end. I was so
Jude Law was still hot,
"Be the hero of your own life, not the victim ."
"Never play the victim in a scene. It is
uninteresting. Playwrights write about people who
overcome their circumstances, who become their
A MONOLOGUE FOR
Actor and Teacher
and apparently a Belgian
Shepherd or maybe a
Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
For some reason when I first
played this game, I found out I
am, in my heart of hearts, a
Belgian Shepherd. But a recent
review of the facts reveals that I
am a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Try it for yourself, then come right
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