Pucks Final Monologue
Recently my friend Brendan Bradley contacted me to be a part of a most epic video collab (way garth, way). The Shakespeare 450. His goal is to shot, and inspire others to shoot Shakespearian monologues (450 of them) in honor of the Bards 450th Birthday on April 26th.
Before I go in to to much more, let’s cut to the chase. Here is my monologue:
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
For those interested in some thoughts behind this video, the series and why I chose this monologue here you go, this portion of text is just for you! Go you!
I want to preference this by saying the most Shakespeare I’ve ever done was rehearsing as Mustard Seed the fairy in 7th grade. Ultimately I believe I declined the roll as I really felt I was more a Peaseblossom kind of fairy. Creative differences I suppose.
Sufficed to say I have never uttered a word of Shakespearian anything out-loud let alone a monologue.
Puck was in fact the first character that came to mind, and I shunned that ‘too obvious’. Clearly if I’m (based on appearance alone) going to cast myself as a character from Willy I would have to pick the Mischievous Robin Goodfellow. Clearly self typecasting. So I cast this notion away an spent about 3 days looking over dozens of characters and monologues.
I was looking for something that would speak to me, I thought Hamlet talking to his dead father. Amanda suggested Mercutio’s plague on two houses. I even came back to Midsummer Night’s Dream, though apparently Peaseblossom doesn’t have a monologue at all… so I looked at the words of Oberon.
Finally, I defaulted realizing that now had less than a day to attempt to memorize a monologue I went back to the beginning. But Vizzini was’t there. So I picked Puck and he’s closing speech to Midsummer Night’s, because every beginning has to start with something else ending.
And thus my friends I’ve entered the world of betrayal, lies, murder and conspiracies… by which I mean acting. but also Shakespeare does some crazy ass shit!
And interesting sidenote to all of this; I’m really not a very stage freight kind of guy. I’ve done enough time in front of the camera, on stages. Hell working on the Tim and Eric show was literally a vacation for me. But for whatever reason, this got to me, made me second guess myself, had me on edge.
The set up was beyond intimate, two cameras merely a foot away from you on either side. Two people I know well Jared and Brendan starring down at me. People who’s time I didn’t want to waste with a bad performance. And there was a sense of urgency to get it done quickly as they had a long list of people they were trying to shoot that day. had I known they had about a 20 minute break after my go, I might have felt a little easier and more relaxed. But at the same time I think it’s pretty awesome all the same.http://www.samproof.tv/2014/04/17/pucks-final-monologue/https://i0.wp.com/www.samproof.tv/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/YT-puck-thumb.png?fit=640%2C390https://i0.wp.com/www.samproof.tv/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/YT-puck-thumb.png?fit=150%2C91Lifevideoa midsummer night's dream,puck,puck monologue,Shakespeare,Shakespeare birthday