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Post by SonOfTheExiles » February 7th, 2019, 12:23 pm

Elizabby wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 1:37 am
If I want to use sounds in plays, I just make them myself ... sounds of drinking (tea).
Beth, your specificity there has me wondering how drinking tea sounds distinct from drinking any other beverage! :wink:


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Post by Elizabby » February 7th, 2019, 2:57 pm

LOL! I've played a pirate drinking beer and a lady drinking champagne, and I'm about to do another pirate role - fortunately whatever I'm actually drinking (tea) it all sounds the same!

Wouldn't want anyone to think I'm drinking (alcohol) and driving a microphone under the influence!

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Post by benderca » February 7th, 2019, 8:48 pm

Ha! That reminds me of Alan’s role in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray — “Dodo” was quite convincing as he got progressively drunk... 😃

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Post by alanmapstone » February 8th, 2019, 2:12 am

benderca wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Ha! That reminds me of Alan’s role in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray — “Dodo” was quite convincing as he got progressively drunk... 😃
It is nice to think that my performance as a drunk was quite so convincing. :9:
Not being a method actor I did not actually get drunk for the recording.
Thank you.
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Post by ChuckW » February 9th, 2019, 5:02 pm

I've seen a couple of people here mention The Best Plays of 1922-1923, which is an excellent resource for discovering new plays that have recently lapsed into the public domain. Unfortunately, this book also abbreviates all of the plays pretty heavily and doesn't really suit our purposes. So for those who leafed through this book and were intrigued by some of the plot summaries, here are all of the plays mentioned in this collection that I was able to find more complete sources for.

Rain by John Colton and Clemence Randolph
Link: https://archive.org/details/rainplayinthreea00colt

You and I by Phillip Barry
Link: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001020869

Loyalties by John Galsworthy
Link: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100760410

Mary the Third by Rachel Crothers
Link: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000783971

This collection also includes Karel Capek's R.U.R., but we seem to already have that in the catalogue. There's also a section in the back that briefly summarizes every play from that Broadway season, so feel free to a dig further of none of these plays catch you interest.

https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475/page/n445

I'm also a little bummed that a PDF scan of Merton of the Movies hasn't popped up on HathiTrust yet.
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Post by ChuckW » February 12th, 2019, 1:24 pm

Another play that folks might be interested in launching: Clemence Dane's Will Shakespeare. We've already done one of Dane's plays (A Bill of Divorcement) and I suspect this one, which dramatizes the life of William Shakespeare, might be of interest.

https://archive.org/details/willshakespeare00danegoog/page/n9
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Post by alanmapstone » February 13th, 2019, 2:04 am

ChuckW wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Another play that folks might be interested in launching: Clemence Dane's Will Shakespeare. We've already done one of Dane's plays (A Bill of Divorcement) and I suspect this one, which dramatizes the life of William Shakespeare, might be of interest.
Just had a quick read of this and it looks interesting. Hope someone can be persuaded to do it.
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Post by annise » February 13th, 2019, 2:36 am

ChuckW wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 5:02 pm

I'm also a little bummed that a PDF scan of Merton of the Movies hasn't popped up on HathiTrust yet.
Is that this one https://librivox.org/merton-of-the-movies-by-harry-leon-wilson/ or are you after a play based on it ?

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Post by ChuckW » February 13th, 2019, 1:11 pm

annise wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 2:36 am
ChuckW wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 5:02 pm

I'm also a little bummed that a PDF scan of Merton of the Movies hasn't popped up on HathiTrust yet.
Is that this one https://librivox.org/merton-of-the-movies-by-harry-leon-wilson/ or are you after a play based on it ?

Anne
Yes, I'm referring to the 1922 stage adaptation by George Kaufman (which, incidentally, is the source material used in most of the later film adaptations).
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Post by onhyattus » Today, 2:56 pm

Hi all

Noel Coward's first play The Vortex, was published in 1923.
This would be wonderful to do but I'm not sure when it becomes out of copyright.

I'm also not sure what format play to do as when would it become available on Gutenberg or Archives.

This summary is taken from the Wiki page;
The Vortex is a play in three acts by the English writer and actor Noël Coward. The play depicts the sexual vanity of a rich, ageing beauty, her troubled relationship with her adult son, and drug abuse in British society circles after the First World War. The son's cocaine habit is seen by many critics as a metaphor for homosexuality, then taboo in Britain. Despite, or because of, its controversial content for the time, the play was Coward's first great commercial success.

Thoughts?

Thanks

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Post by WiltedScribe » 56 minutes ago

I found a source on Archive, but its publication date is 1924. It can't be done until next year, I'm afraid.

People outside the U.S. would also be unable to participate regardless, since Coward died in 1973 and his work would still be copyrighted in Europe, Canada and Australia. So depending on how large the cast is, it may take longer to coordinate.
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