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Post by gloriana » December 30th, 2012, 4:45 pm

The Law Against Lovers by William D'Avenant (1606 - 1688) .

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/the-law-against-lovers-by-william-davenant/
The Law Against Lovers was a dramatic adaptation of Shakespeare, arranged by Sir William Davenant and staged by the Duke's Company in 1662. It was the first of the many Shakespearean adaptations staged during the Restoration era. Davenant was not shy about changing the Bard's work; he based his text on Measure for Measure, but also added Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing — "resulting in a bizarre and fascinating combination." He made Angelo from the former play, and Benedick from the latter, into brothers. The comedy of Pompey the clown and Elbow the constable is excised. Angelo doesn't really try to seduce the virtuous Isabella; he merely tests her commitment to chastity and virtue, like a protagonist in a John Fletcher play. Beatrice has a little sister named Viola, who sings and dances. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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    NOTE: Beatrice, Benedick, Lucio, and Viola sing a song at the beginning of Act 5. I've recorded it here: http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/ek/lawagainstlovers_song_5.mp3. Please sing both your character's verse and all of the choruses, please. If you could upload the song as a separate file that would be great (using your character's name as part of the file name). :)
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Post by catrose » December 30th, 2012, 5:02 pm

Can you suggest something for me? (I have read through the play. So many characters. Mental overload!) :)
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Post by gloriana » December 30th, 2012, 5:04 pm

I'd suggest Viola or Julietta for you - do you have a preference? (Viola has two songs; Julietta has none - if that matters.) :)

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Post by JoFriday21 » December 30th, 2012, 5:08 pm

I'll take something! Depends on how hard the songs are :)

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Post by catrose » December 30th, 2012, 5:08 pm

I'll have a go at Viola please (though I might give her back tomorrow if my efforts at singing fail! :lol:)
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Post by gloriana » December 30th, 2012, 5:11 pm

JoFriday21 wrote:I'll take something! Depends on how hard the songs are :)
Oh, they won't be hard. If you're worried, I'll put you down for Julietta, who doesn't sing at all. :) Thank you!

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Post by gloriana » December 30th, 2012, 5:12 pm

catrose wrote:I'll have a go at Viola please (though I might give her back tomorrow if my efforts at singing fail! :lol:)
I'm sure you'll be fine. You can speak-sing the Act 3 song if you'd like, and I'll be sure to make the Act 5 song simple. :) Thank you!

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Post by musicalheart1 » December 30th, 2012, 5:15 pm

I'll take Isabella, then, if she's still available!

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Post by JoFriday21 » December 30th, 2012, 5:15 pm

gloriana wrote:
JoFriday21 wrote:I'll take something! Depends on how hard the songs are :)
Oh, they won't be hard. If you're worried, I'll put you down for Julietta, who doesn't sing at all. :) Thank you!
Works for me! :)

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Post by gloriana » December 30th, 2012, 5:30 pm

musicalheart1 wrote:I'll take Isabella, then, if she's still available!
Yes - thanks!

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Post by hggarrett » December 31st, 2012, 2:53 am

I don't know this play...please put me in wherever I'm needed!

Thanks,
Grace

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Post by gloriana » December 31st, 2012, 7:13 am

hggarrett wrote:I don't know this play...please put me in wherever I'm needed!

Thanks,
Grace
Thanks, Grace - I've put you down for Francisca/Nun. Unless you'd prefer a larger role, in which case please feel free to choose one of the male roles. :)

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Post by wildemoose » December 31st, 2012, 9:35 am

What a totally bizarre play! May I read Angelo?

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Post by gloriana » December 31st, 2012, 12:57 pm

wildemoose wrote:What a totally bizarre play! May I read Angelo?
Of course - thank you! Yeah, this is a weird one, but pretty fun. :)

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Post by musicalheart1 » December 31st, 2012, 3:43 pm

Hi Elizabeth,

Quick question as I'm going through and trying to find all my lines.

In Act IV (can't find what scene), Isabella and Julietta are talking and they go back and forth. The text has it as follows:

ISAB. Speak clearly then ! You are not under- stood.
May none do ill, that so they may do good? Nature no greater gift than life can give.
ISAB. By virtue we our nature long outlive.
Jul. Can it be virtue to let Claudio die?
ISAB. His life should not be sav'd by infamy.

It seems to me this is an error and it should read:

ISAB: Speak clearly then ! You are not under- stood.
Jul: May none do ill, that so they may do good? Nature no greater gift than life can give.
ISAB. By virtue we our nature long outlive.
Jul. Can it be virtue to let Claudio die?
ISAB. His life should not be sav'd by infamy.

Thoughts?

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