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“All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his lifetime plays many parts.” It's one of the most famous monologues in William Shakespeare's deep catalogue of famous monologues, but few can place which of Bard's plays in which it appears. As You Like It, written in the late 1500s, features these famous lines from the melancholy Jaques.

Considered by Shakespearian actors through the centuries as one of the most coveted roles in the Billy Shakes' canon, Jaques serves as a witty, charming and often glum foil to the sunny population of Arden. While his all the world's a stage speech is his most favorite, Jaques also gets some of the funniest lines in the play. “I can suck melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs,” is my personal favorite. But don't take Jaques dourness as an endorsement for being a sad sack. After all, when Shakespeare wrote As You Like It, the word "jaques" was synonymous with toilets.

–Charley Macorn




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