COMPLETE[PLAY]Cynthia's Revels by Ben Jonson - thw

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Post by ToddHW » June 12th, 2019, 3:09 pm

Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637).

"Cynthia's Revels," the second "comical satire," was acted in 1600, and, as a play, is even more lengthy, elaborate, and impossible than "Every Man Out of His Humour." Here personal satire seems to have absorbed everything, and while much of the caricature is admirable, especially in the detail of witty and trenchantly satirical dialogue, the central idea of a fountain of self-love is not very well carried out, and the persons revert at times to abstractions, the action to allegory. [Let's see if you agree!]
( Prof. Felix E. Schelling)
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    This is certainly more confusing that In or Out of His Humour. Lots of classical figures in it - just like Moliere started using.
    Gender neutral, of course.

    And as Echo, Kitty will be watching you carefully as DPL on this one, so better watch out!
    And as Echo, Kitty will be watching you carefully as DPL on this one, so better watch out!

    There are a number of roles that are only in one act (typically 1 or 5). If you take one of those roles, you make take another role that appears only in other acts. (I don't normally do this, but there are quite a large number of roles here.)

    There are many lines for "All" throughout. Please make sure you record them along with your lines so I can pick between the inputs when assembling the play. Thanks!
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      • Project Code: 7OQnuxtB
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Ben Jonson) :
      • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available):'s_Revels
      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 76
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      • Original publication date (if known): 1600

        Genres for the project: Plays/Comedy/Satire

        Keywords that describe the book: self-love, classical figures

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        Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

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        If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: Act [#] of Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love, by Ben Jonson. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.

        At the end: End of Act [#].

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        cynthiasrevels_[role]_[#]_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the act number.

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      Thanks, Todd

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Post by aaronwhite1977 » June 12th, 2019, 3:35 pm

May I claim Asotus?

And I'll claim a Child in a moment for my son.

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Post by williamwhite » June 12th, 2019, 3:36 pm

Can William (my son) claim Child 1?


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Post by Foon » June 12th, 2019, 3:39 pm

May I claim Philautia?
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Post by WiltedScribe » June 12th, 2019, 3:48 pm

I'd like to claim Hedon here, if I may. :)
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Post by ej400 » June 12th, 2019, 4:09 pm

May I please take Amorphus?

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Post by mightyfelix » June 12th, 2019, 6:39 pm

I can't resist a title role. I'll have Cynthia, please.

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Post by Kitty » June 12th, 2019, 11:19 pm

Argurion and Echo (Echo Echo) for me please. And of course DPL, let's not break that streak.

Looking forward to the revels...I haven't heard of this Jonson play yet, so it will be interesting to hear the outcome.


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Post by Kitty » June 12th, 2019, 11:20 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 6:39 pm
I can't resist a title role. I'll have Cynthia, please.
chief reveller, I guess :mrgreen: thanks, Devorah, I'll sign you up


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Post by alanmapstone » June 13th, 2019, 3:24 am

Can I start by reading the Prologue speech. I could also read the Epilogue although you don't have it marked as a separate section.

Any other claims will have to wait until I have time to try and make sense of the play.
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Post by Kitty » June 13th, 2019, 12:37 pm

here's already the echo...echo...echo...

for the first two words and the last 4 I tinkered a bit with the Echo function on Audacity, and gave you two versions, maybe you prefer to have this echo-effect in there. I personally liked it. But I didn't do it in the long speech in the middle, that would have been too confusing. I only did it with my own voice in the parts that were repeated in the text as well. Also, Hermes seems to give her the gift of "normal" speech for her monologue and then when she is done, he bids her go back to her echoing ways, so I figured, only then she should have that effect again.

Well, I let you decide on the version :)
Recording time: 5:51 min.

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