Dramatic Reading (DR) Suggestions

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Post by loon » October 25th, 2020, 7:42 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 7:32 pm
I have one question that might whittle down the list a bit. I noticed several "Venus nationalists" on the list. What kind of role do these characters play? And is it essential to have that many of them? Or could you combine some of those lines together so that you end up with only 3 or 4 instead of the 6 or 7 I think I saw?
Probably why doing a full cast reading of a play could be easier than a book - the playwright realized the show would never turn a profit (and he would never get paid) if there were more people on the stage than in the audience. lol
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Post by alanmapstone » October 30th, 2020, 10:16 pm

Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner. This is an epic poem not the opera libretto.

https://archive.org/details/tannhuser00wagn

Someone posted this in Book Suggestions. It would make a good DR. Any takers :hmm:
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Post by Tchaikovsky » November 4th, 2020, 3:48 am

I think Tannhauser would be wonderful as a DR. I have started preparing the text for a cast of readers should someone be willing to take this project on.

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Post by GilmoreDon » November 16th, 2020, 8:08 pm

Has anyone ever suggested the novels of Zane Gray? There don't seem to be many recorded and I think that they would make good listening.

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Post by Sue Anderson » Yesterday, 6:44 pm

Hi, I happened to come across a mention of this short woman-centric comedy by British feminist Beatrice Harraden, published in 1919. I read through it and enjoyed it. It's short (16 pages of text) and looks like it would be a lot of fun to produce for LibriVox.

It's called "Lady Geraldine's Speech." There's a copy of it here:
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c021051126&view=1up&seq=11

There is a contemporary review of it here, from the "Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays." The review says the running time would be abut 20 minutes.
https://books.google.com/books?id=Dv7yS7hUFX0C (from intro, page xi)

And here some background on Harraden: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Harraden

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Post by mightyfelix » Yesterday, 7:21 pm

Sue Anderson wrote:
Yesterday, 6:44 pm
Hi, I happened to come across a mention of this short woman-centric comedy by British feminist Beatrice Harraden, published in 1919. I read through it and enjoyed it. It's short (16 pages of text) and looks like it would be a lot of fun to produce for LibriVox.

It's called "Lady Geraldine's Speech." There's a copy of it here:
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c021051126&view=1up&seq=11

There is a contemporary review of it here, from the "Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays." The review says the running time would be abut 20 minutes.
https://books.google.com/books?id=Dv7yS7hUFX0C (from intro, page xi)

And here some background on Harraden: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Harraden
Excellent suggestion! I just read through it, and I think it's fabulous. The current one act collection is in need of one more play, and this is the one! Care to join in? viewtopic.php?f=27&t=81777

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Post by Sue Anderson » Yesterday, 8:04 pm

Hi Devorah, I'm glad you also liked the "comedietta." It was mentioned in the current issue of the London Review of Books, in an article about a WWI military hospital staffed entirely by women MD's and nurses. The hospital library was run by Harraden and another suffagist playright Elizabeth Robins. I was not familiar with any of these women, but they sounded interesting.

I can sort of imagine myself, if it were "real life," being part of that group, but acting per se is well beyond my skill set. I most certainly will look forward to hearing the production! :D

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Post by mightyfelix » Yesterday, 8:07 pm

Sue Anderson wrote:
Yesterday, 8:04 pm
I can sort of imagine myself, if it were "real life," being part of that group, but acting per se is well beyond my skill set. I most certainly will look forward to hearing the production! :D
Well, I don't know about that. :wink: I remember well that you played a role in the very first play I ever edited, for the 12th anniversary collection. Did a darn good job, too, as I recall. But, just as you like, of course.

I will try to remember to drop you a line when the final play is ready for listening. No telling how long that may be.

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