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Post by ToddHW » January 19th, 2019, 10:03 pm

I have launched "Crossings". As mentioned above, sadly it is not PD in Europe, et al.

viewtopic.php?p=1545932#p1545932

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Post by alanmapstone » January 20th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Listening to the anonymous play Arden of Faversham on BBC radio I was surprised to see that there is no Librivox recording of this quite well known play. Published in 1592 it is a fictionalised version of a real life murder when Thomas Arden was murdered by his wife and her lover. A sort of Elizabethan-noir. I saw it at Stratford once and it is very good. Could anyone be persuaded to take it on. I might BC it myself if I could find a DPL and an editor.

Text is here
https://archive.org/details/ardenoffeversham00bayn/page/n8
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Post by RobMarland » January 20th, 2019, 1:49 pm

alanmapstone wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Listening to the anonymous play Arden of Faversham on BBC radio I was surprised to see that there is no Librivox recording of this quite well known play. Published in 1592 it is a fictionalised version of a real life murder when Thomas Arden was murdered by his wife and her lover. A sort of Elizabethan-noir. I saw it at Stratford once and it is very good. Could anyone be persuaded to take it on. I might BC it myself if I could find a DPL and an editor.

Text is here
https://archive.org/details/ardenoffeversham00bayn/page/n8
Hey Alan,

I put it on my list a while ago, but never got around to it because I prefer to BC comedies.

Here's a gutenberg link, which seems to be the same thing but might be preferred by some BCs http://www.gutenberg.org/files/43440/43440-h/43440-h.htm
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Post by Elizabby » January 22nd, 2019, 2:20 am

I've been reading the book I'm BCing on "Feminism in Greek Literature" (blue link below) and I've become interested in "Alcestis", which I'd never heard of before. There appear to be 4 translations in the PD, of which we already have two. Does anyone have any information/preference about the other two? Also, I would need an editor, so I'm looking for expressions of interest - it's quite a short play, only about an hour fully recorded.

Wikipedia entry on the play: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcestis_(play)

Translations which I assume would be PD:
Rev. Robert Potter, 1781 - prose apparently, but I haven't found a full text link yet.
Edward Philip Coleridge, 1891 (version on IA is 1906) - prose: https://archive.org/details/playseuripides02colegoog/page/n10
Arthur S. Way, 1912 – verse: https://librivox.org/alcestis-way-translation-by-euripides/
Gilbert Murray, 1915 - verse: https://librivox.org/alcestis-by-euripides/

(I see that the Coleridge translation also has "Ion", "Rhesus", "The Suppliants", "Heraclidae" and "Helen", which we don't have at all, and which I may also get to in the fullness of time. There is a solo but no dramatised version of "The Trojan Women".)

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Post by ToddHW » January 26th, 2019, 7:59 pm

With the cataloging of Funeral or Grief a-la-mode, I launched the next play by Steele: The Lying Lover.

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Post by ChuckW » January 29th, 2019, 2:28 pm

So of course the moment I decide to take a long break from doing plays, I find something I really want to launch: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only play The Vegetable; or, From President to Postman. I’m reading through it right now and laughing out loud as I do so. Someone should really do this one.

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001112526

And as always, I can always download the PDF from HathiTrust if you can’t access it.
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Post by WiltedScribe » January 29th, 2019, 2:53 pm

ChuckW wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 2:28 pm
So of course the moment I decide to take a long break from doing plays, I find something I really want to launch: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only play The Vegetable; or, From President to Postman. I’m reading through it right now and laughing out loud as I do so. Someone should really do this one.

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001112526

And as always, I can always download the PDF from HathiTrust if you can’t access it.
This looks bonkers. :lol: I am immensely tempted, even though I have another play still going and I'm not sure I'd have the time to edit it all. :shock:

In any case, I wouldn't mind having the PDF available.
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Post by ChuckW » January 29th, 2019, 5:35 pm

WiltedScribe wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 2:53 pm
ChuckW wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 2:28 pm
So of course the moment I decide to take a long break from doing plays, I find something I really want to launch: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only play The Vegetable; or, From President to Postman. I’m reading through it right now and laughing out loud as I do so. Someone should really do this one.

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001112526

And as always, I can always download the PDF from HathiTrust if you can’t access it.
This looks bonkers. :lol: I am immensely tempted, even though I have another play still going and I'm not sure I'd have the time to edit it all. :shock:

In any case, I wouldn't mind having the PDF available.
I know, right? It's awfully tempting. I wish I had time to coordinate this, but I worry that it might be difficult to keep up with the day-to-day if I take on too many projects at once. (Editing is generally not a problem -- I actually find it relaxing!)

I'll send you the PDF tonight. :-)
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Post by WiltedScribe » January 29th, 2019, 9:09 pm

I went ahead and launched The Vegetable. It was too irresistible. :P viewtopic.php?f=28&t=73620
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Post by dlolso21 » February 1st, 2019, 8:42 am

mightyfelix wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
ChuckW wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 9:46 am
Icebound by Owen Davis (1923)
HathiTrust Link: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001372723

I don't know a ton about this one, other than the fact that it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923. So yeah... might be worth a look.
I've scanned through about half of this one, and I really like it so far! I'll keep it in mind.

EDIT: Author died 1956. So far, I think this is the only online text available.
It can also be found in "The Best plays" starting at page 140 on Archive.org
https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475/page/n153

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Post by mightyfelix » February 1st, 2019, 11:13 am

Thank you! I'm juggling too much right now to launch a new play, but I think there's a high likelihood that I'll come back to this one eventually.

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Post by mightyfelix » February 4th, 2019, 9:23 pm

Found another one that looks like fun!

http://name.umdl.umich.edu/004780920.0001.000
The Drummer, or, The Haunted House
Joseph Addison d. 1719

So little time...

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Post by mightyfelix » February 5th, 2019, 11:43 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Found another one that looks like fun!

http://name.umdl.umich.edu/004780920.0001.000
The Drummer, or, The Haunted House
Joseph Addison d. 1719

So little time...
Ok, ok, I know I just said I can't handle a play right now, but... I changed my mind! This one is simply too delightful. I'll get it going in the next day or two.

And... I know we discourage music and sound effects... But, do you think I might get away with a drum, if I'm really, really careful to make sure the sound I use is PD?

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Post by Elizabby » February 6th, 2019, 1:37 am

If I want to use sounds in plays, I just make them myself. Knocking on doors, sounds of drinking (tea), laughs, coughs, sighs, kisses, etc. If I make them myself I know they aren't copyrighted by anyone else!

The major problem with music is that it might be PD in terms of composition, but if you use a recording then the performance attracts a new copyright. Singing yourself in a play should be fine, or getting people to sing from something that is either PD or you've made up I think would be OK.

EDIT: I always make sure the sounds don't over lie the text. So knocking first then the line "who's there?"

Last time I needed a drum or a gong (I forget which) I went into the bathroom next to the room where I record and whacked a saucepan lid with a hairbrush! The tiles produced a very nice echo effect!

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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 5:12 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Found another one that looks like fun!

http://name.umdl.umich.edu/004780920.0001.000
The Drummer, or, The Haunted House
Joseph Addison d. 1719

So little time...
Launched!
viewtopic.php?f=28&t=73758

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