11th Grade Monologue Study

Friday, November 1, 2013

11th Grade Drama: The Monologue

October 28-December 18, 2014

Instructor: C. Everhart

Assistant: K. Woolcott

Syllabus: In 11th Grade Drama we study the dramatic form of the monologue- beginning with Shakespearean monologues, moving into excerpts from modern plays and ending with original compositions. We will examine how language and movement can reveal character through the use of literary and theatrical devices. We will also explore the acting techniques of the Russian director, Constantin Stanislavski and his student, Michael Chekhov, as a way of further revealing character onstage. The class culminates in a presentation of selected monologues for an invited audience. Students are evaluated on participation in class, mastery of the exercises and monologues, timeliness and quality of assigned work, ability to work, independently and in a group, as well as the final performance.

Unit #1: The Shakespearean Monologue (see below)

               Tuesday, October 28- Tuesday, November 11

Unit #2: The Modern Monologue

               Wednesday, November 12- Friday, November 21

Unit #3: The Original Monologue

               Tuesday, November 25 – Tuesday, December 2

Unit #4:  Production Schedule: Wednesday, December 3-Thursday, December 18

  • Rehearsals: Wednesday, December 3-Tuesday, December 9
  • Tech Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 10 (Group A)
  • Thursday, December 11 (Group B)
  • Dress Rehearsal: Friday, December 12 (Group A and B- 9:40-3:30)
  • Presentation: Tuesday, December 16 (Group A- 11:00, Group B 2:00)
  • Clean-up/Strike: Wednesday-Thursday, December 17-18

Unit #1- The Shakespeare Monologue

Tuesday, October 28-Tuesday, November 11, 2014


  • Select a Shakespearean monologue (from the list below) by Wednesday, October 29 that is between 14-20 lines long (verse only)- bring in a hard copy and a character description
  • Score the Henry V monologue- due Wednesday, October 29
  • Score your First Folio monologue- due Tuesday, November 4
  • Write a synopsis of  the play (min 250 words)- due Tuesday, November 4
  • Memorize your monologue by Tuesday, November 4
  • Rehearse monologue Tuesday, November 4-Friday, November 7
  • Present to class on Tuesday, November 11

Monologues in Shakespeare's Plays (select one from this list):

 -As You Like It

-The Comedy of Errors

-The Merchant of Venice

-A Midsummer Night's Dream

-Much Ado About Nothing

-Taming of the Shrew

-The Tempest

-Twelfth Night

-Winter's Tale

-Henry IV, part 1

-Henry IV, part 2

-Henry V

-Henry VI, part 1

-Henry VI, part 2

-Henry VI, part 3

-King John

-Richard II

-Richard III

-Anthony and Cleopatra


-King Lear



-Romeo and Juliet

You can find copies of monologues from these plays at:


You can find examples of character descriptions at:


You can find examples of synopses at: