A great speech is like an aria: it has a musical structure, and it is normally clearly marked where the emotional climaxes are, if you know how to read the rhetoric. — Dakin Matthews
We have a BONUS episode today with a mini-Shakespeare master class with Dakin! This “class” is taken from the full conversation with Dakin in episode #12.
Just a bit of what we cover:
- the logic that Juliet uses, and how it unravels
- the structure of what Shakespeare wrote, and its function
- where you need to be at the end of the speech
- how both male and female actors tend to shy away from emotion
About the guest
Dakin Matthews is an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, teacher, and Shakespeare scholar.
He has been a dramaturg on Broadway for the aforementioned Henry IV, for Macbeth with Ethan Hawke (both directed by Jack O’Brien), and for Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Dakin won a special Drama Desk Award for his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, which combined both parts into one play, and a Bayfield Award for his performance in that show.
His handbook on verse-speaking, Shakespeare Spoken Here, has been used in universities and training programs throughout California; and he has given master classes in Shakespearean acting around the world. See episode #12 for his full bio!
Please enjoy this mini-Shakespeare Master Class with Dakin Matthews!
Total Running Time: 19:29
- Stream by clicking here.
- Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as/save link as”.
What do you think of this episode?
Is there a place for content like this? Is this engaging to you? Would you want more things like this?
Maybe it would be additional podcast episodes, or maybe we could do actual online group classes. I have to believe that we could find a way to make this work if enough people want it!
Want to hear more from Dakin Matthews? Check out my full talk with him here!
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let us know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Dakin Matthews around the web
Dakin discussing Sonnet 29
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene 3
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Other monologues mentioned:
- Juliet, R&J, Act 3, Scene 2: “Gallop apace”
- Lady Percy, Henry IV, Part 2: Act 2, Scene 3: “O yet for God’s sake, go not to these wars!”
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Photo credit (Dakin’s headshot): Walter McBride / Broadway.com