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Poetry, Prose & PlaysWilliam Shakespeare - Man of Words Theatre

A dramatic recitation of selections from classic works of poetry, prose and plays, chosen from a vast repertoire to fit each separate venue, time allottment and given audience.

"The spoken word, read or recited, should be treated like music and should be delivered in such a way that it touches the soul. That's what I strive to do. As an oral interpreter my job is to interpret and communicate the meaning of literature. I choose to present classic literature: words that have stood the test of time, words that are old but are rich and enriching for being so."

Rickie Birran


"When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than you did before."  Cliff Fadiman


Material to choose from:


- Don Quixote’s Quest abridgement Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes (2 min.) Full View
- Don Quixote and the Windmill adaptation Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes (6 min.)  
- Odysseus and the Cyclopes The Children’s Homer - Padriac Colum (8 min.) Full View
- Hamlet’s Soliloquy The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (5 min.)  
- Ben Gunn Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (4 min.)  
- Oz, The Great and Terrible The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. - Frank Baum (5 min.)  
- A Trip to the Moon The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Rudolph Raspe (4 min.) Preview
- The Tortoise and the Hare adaptation - Aesop’s Fables (5 min.) Preview
- Gabriel Grubb and the Goblins The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens (15 min.) Preview
- Ichabod & the Horseman The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington - Irving (3 min.) Preview
- Dr. Frankenstein and The Monster monologues Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (6 min.) Preview
- The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar - Allan Poe (17 min.) Preview
- Ozma of Oz - L Frank Boum (1 min.) Full View

Ballads and Narrative Poems:

- The Highwayman - Alfred Noyes (5 min.) Preview
- The Lady of Shalott - Alfred Lord Tennyson (6 min.) Preview
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Robert Browning (6 min.) Preview
- Beowulf adaptation from the old English poem - Peter Pringle (4-5 min.)  
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the middle English poem, Tolkien’s trans. (6 min.) Preview
- Eldorado - Edgar Allan Poe {One of his last poems.} (2-3 min.) Full View
- The Song of Wandering Aengus - William Butler Yeats (4 min.) Preview
- The False Knight Upon the Road English & Scottish Ballads - Francis J. Child (4 min.) Preview
- Jabberwocky Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll (4 min.) Preview
- Robin Hood. To a Friend - John Keats (2 min.) Full View
- Greensleeves traditional English folk song (2-5 min.)  
- The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe (7 min.) Preview
- A Taste of The Raven abridgement The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe (3 min.) Full View
- The Spider and the Fly - Mary Howitt (5 min.) Preview
- The Hatter’s Song Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (3 min.) Preview
- The Village Blacksmith - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (3 min.)  
- The Cremation of Sam McGee - Robert Service (7 min.) Preview
- The Night Before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore (4 min.) Preview
- Scrooge and Marley original adaptation A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (5 min.) Preview
- Paradise Lost selections John Milton (3-7 min. each)  
- Every Man Heart Lay Down - Lorenz Graham (3-5min. each)
- David, He No Fear
- How God Fix Jonah


- If - Rudyard Kipling  (3 min.)  
- Waiting - John Burroughs  (3 min.) Full View
- Peace Prayer - Saint Francis  (3 min.)  


- The Witches of Macbeth abridgement Macbeth - William Shakespeare (4 min.) Preview
- The Ghost of Hamlet’s Father abridgement Hamlet - William Shakespeare (5 min.) Preview
- Hamlet’s Advice to the Players Hamlet - William Shakespeare (4-5 min.)  
- Seven Ages of Man monologue As You Like It - William Shakespeare (3 min.)  

(Note: All selections are performed from memory, not read from a book.)


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Rickie Birran    PO Box 71606    Springfield, OR 97475

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