This will be the first step in a much larger work - and there is no time like the present.
Richard II by William Shakespeare is the first of eight plays that portray a "historical" take on England's War of the Roses - beginning in about 1365 and ending the Richard III's death in 1485. The plays are Richard II, 1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI Pt 1-3, and Richard III.
The text for this play is here: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext98/2ws1510.txt.
Below is a list of the characters, seperated into 4 sections. If you sign up for a Recurring Character - pls keep in mind that you are signing up for the same character in subsequent plays - vocal continuity is part of the project goal. Narration will provide scene introductions and basic stage directions for the whole cycle ideally. Also - anyone who wishes to sign up for "Featured" roles or "Minor" - feel free to sign up for 2-3 of these and I will do my best to give you the roles you want. I will try to be as gender neutral as possible.
- RECURRING characters appear in this play and at least one more that follows it.
- PRINCIPLE characters only appear in Richard II, but have at least a fair - if not large - amount of dialogue.
- FEATURED characters are those that have an average of 10 lines.
- MINOR Characters generally only have one or two lines.
Henry BOLINGBROKE, afterwards KING HENRY IV -- Kayvan -- complete
Henry Percy, Earl of NORTHUMBERLAND, father of PERCY -- ChipDoc -- complete
Henry PERCY, son of Northumberland, afterwards HOTSPUR (Henry IV 1 & 2) -- msirois -- complete
NARRATION -- Librarylady -- complete
RICHARD II -- PeterWhy -- complete
John of GAUNT, Duke of Lancaster -- ChipDoc -- complete
Edmund of Langley, Duke of YORK-- Martinc -- complete
Duke AUMERLE -- johngon -- complete
Thomas MOWBRAY, Duke of Norfolk -- Kaffen -- complete
Duke of SURREY -- ndoo -- complete
Earl of SALISBURY -- earthcalling -- complete
Sir John BUSHY - Servant to Richard II -- strangebrooch
Sir John BAGOT - Servant to Richard II -- Linton -- complete
Henry GREENE - Servant to Richard II -- Deadwhitemales -- complete
Bishop of CARLISLE -- strangebrooch -- complete
QUEEN Isabel of England -- Thadine -- complete
DUCHESS OF YORK (appears after 4.2 - listed only as DUCHESS) -- Kristen -- complete
Lord BERKELEY -- Raynr -- complete
Lord ROSS -- Mr Baby Man -- complete
Lord WILLOUGHBY -- ndoo -- complete
Lord FITZWATER -- Kwahati
ABBOT of Westminster -- Linton -- complete
Lord MARSHAL -- Lenlen -- complete
Sir Pierce of EXTON -- Linton -- complete
Sir Stephen SCROOP -- Linton -- complete
CAPTAIN of a band of Welshmen -- hughmac -- complete
DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER (only appears in Act 1.2 - listed as DUCHESS) -- Gesine -- complete
LADY attending the QUEEN -- Suburbanbanshee -- complete
GARDENER -- Kayray -- complete
Another LORD -- LibraryLady -- complete
FIRST HERALD -- hugh mac -- complete
SECOND HERALD -- Kayray -- complete
FIRST SERVANT -- PeterWhy -- complete
SECOND SERVANT -- Kayray -- complete
KEEPER -- LibraryLady -- complete
GROOM -- Shortride
TARGET DATE: MARCH 31, 2006
Encoded format: MP3
Sample rate: 44100
Bit depth: 16
Bit rate: 128K
Please put the files on your server and post a link here in the forum. Alternatively, if you don't have a server, use http://www.yousendit.com.
File Names: richard_ii_charactername_act#_shakespeare.mp3
Recording Notes: Please record your dialog with a 1-2 second pause in between your lines, so that the waveforms don't touch each other. Please do not attempt any type of filtering or modification of the "raw" sound.
Lastly - I'll put the call out now. I'll need two women who speak fluent French for Henry V - Princess Katherine and Alice. In addition, two young boys (8-12 years old) for YORK and PRINCE in Act 3.2 of Richard III will be needed. These projects won't be for several months - but feel free to post if you'd like any of these roles or know of people who might.
Note from LibraryLady:
Some pre-casting and recording has been done for the next play, 1 Henry VI. They are as follows:
Northumberland - ChipDoc - complete
Prince Hal (later King Henry V) - Aragorn44 - complete
Just wanted to keep a reference of those things here so when the next project starts up we'll have the information in one place.
Feel free to send me messages with any questions or email me direct:
john at johngon dot com.[/b]