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Shakespeare's Soliloquies | In-Person

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Course Description:

A soliloquy, Latin for "talking by oneself," is a device for communicating a character's thoughts directly to the audience. The convention is that the character is thinking aloud rather than actually speaking to anyone. Example: "To be or not to be?" in "Hamlet." A monologue, on the other hand, is a speech made by a character to other characters. It is not dialogue where two or more people are in conversation. An example is Henry V's "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more" speech. We will view and discuss comparative performances from a diverse sampling of films featuring leading Shakespearean performers.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 *1:00 – 3:00* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


Allston James has taught Shakespeare at OLLI for eight years. As a writer, he was Runner-up for the Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award and shortlisted for Ireland's Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. His plays have been performed in London, Glasgow, and at festivals around the country.