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Post by ArthurNascimento » September 19th, 2019, 3:57 pm

Elizabby wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 1:58 pm
So is it known who wrote The Merry Devil, if it no longer attributed to Shakespeare?
Scholars tried. Michael Drayton, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker... Apparently they seemed to lean more towards the latter, but nothing's confirmed. Might just have to credit it to to "Anon" to be on the safe side. Or, after some time, release it under a collection of Shakespeare's Apocrypha.

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Post by maxgal » September 20th, 2019, 8:22 am

Elizabby wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Suggestion moved over from DR suggestions as I think this is actually a play. It sounds good from the description, but I can't get the text link to work. It premiered in 1920, so should be PD.

"The Bat: A Play of Mystery in Three Acts by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood"

https://digital.library.pitt.edu/islandora/object/pitt%3A31735037970435/viewer#page/8/mode/2up

I've just a done a book by Mary Roberts Rinehart and quite liked it. More information here: https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/9288/the-bat

There was an earlier collaboration by the same authors "Seven Days" which premiered in 1909.

YES PLEASE! :mrgreen:
I'd love to be Cornelia.

More info, copied from the "Samuel French" website:
In this popular American mystery play, incident is piled on incident with skill and plausibility, and it is impossible to know who the real criminal is until the final curtain. This thriller revolves around Cornelia Van Gorder, a maiden lady of sixty, who rents the summer home of a banker reported killed in Colorado. She is warned that mysterious things are happening but she refuses to move. Then it is discovered that a large sum is missing from the dead man's bank and it is suspected that, far from being dead, he stole the money, hid it in a secret chamber in his house and is only waiting for a chance to sneak back to get it. Four others are after the money: the bank cashier who is wrongfully accused of taking it, a detective engaged by Miss Van Gorder to clear up the mystery, a doctor friend and supposed confederate of the missing banker and The Bat, a notorious thief who has long eluded the police. This genuine thriller is guaranteed to divert any audience.
https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/9288/the-bat
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Post by dlolso21 » October 20th, 2019, 4:48 pm

New PG release
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60523

The Torch-bearers by George Kelly

A comedy play

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Post by LikeManyWaters » November 1st, 2019, 8:54 pm

Happened upon this:

Seven Keys to Baldpate: A Mysterious Melodramatic Farce

It’s the play version of Earl Derr Biggers book. Of course we do have a version of the novel already, but this might be fun. I haven’t read through it yet...

EDIT: it is pretty different from the book. Hmm

...OK when you get to the end it is quite funny :lol:
Last edited by LikeManyWaters on November 2nd, 2019, 6:18 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by mightyfelix » November 1st, 2019, 9:14 pm

I'm not familiar with the story. The opening scene reminds me of the setting in The Shining, though. :shock: I suppose things will end a bit better for these folks! :lol:

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Post by ToddHW » November 2nd, 2019, 6:22 am

I could run it if no one else is interested. (I did read for our book version.)

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » November 9th, 2019, 11:46 am

maxgal wrote:
September 20th, 2019, 8:22 am
Elizabby wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Suggestion moved over from DR suggestions as I think this is actually a play. It sounds good from the description, but I can't get the text link to work. It premiered in 1920, so should be PD.

"The Bat: A Play of Mystery in Three Acts by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood"

https://digital.library.pitt.edu/islandora/object/pitt%3A31735037970435/viewer#page/8/mode/2up

I've just a done a book by Mary Roberts Rinehart and quite liked it. More information here: https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/9288/the-bat

There was an earlier collaboration by the same authors "Seven Days" which premiered in 1909.

YES PLEASE! :mrgreen:
I'd love to be Cornelia.

More info, copied from the "Samuel French" website:
In this popular American mystery play, incident is piled on incident with skill and plausibility, and it is impossible to know who the real criminal is until the final curtain. This thriller revolves around Cornelia Van Gorder, a maiden lady of sixty, who rents the summer home of a banker reported killed in Colorado. She is warned that mysterious things are happening but she refuses to move. Then it is discovered that a large sum is missing from the dead man's bank and it is suspected that, far from being dead, he stole the money, hid it in a secret chamber in his house and is only waiting for a chance to sneak back to get it. Four others are after the money: the bank cashier who is wrongfully accused of taking it, a detective engaged by Miss Van Gorder to clear up the mystery, a doctor friend and supposed confederate of the missing banker and The Bat, a notorious thief who has long eluded the police. This genuine thriller is guaranteed to divert any audience.
https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/9288/the-bat
Oh dear. The website says that the script they have is from 1945, which will not do. We would need a script copy that was from the earlier dates to actually do this - no telling if there have not been changes made since that time to this not PD copy.

Drat.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by alanmapstone » November 12th, 2019, 2:39 am

Librivox has never done Calderon de la Barca's play "Life is a Dream" in the English translation by Edward Fitzgerald. This is the greatest play of the "Spanish Golden Age" of drama, sometimes called the Spanish Hamlet. Admittedly the English translation is not great and changes some aspects of the play.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2587/2587-h/2587-h.htm
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Post by ToddHW » November 12th, 2019, 3:47 am

Well, that should be possible - given that I have just started Calderon's Magician, we'll see how that goes and maybe do all of his in turn!

I'll look for a better English translation.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » Today, 5:18 am

dlolso21 wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 4:48 pm
New PG release
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60523

The Torch-bearers by George Kelly

A comedy play
Yeah, I'll run this. Looks hilarious. However, it'll have to be a US cast - Kelly died in 1974

Thanks, Todd

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