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Post by ChuckW » May 31st, 2017, 1:44 pm

Orra: A Tragedy in Five Acts by Joanna Baillie (1762 - 1851).

Considered by her contemporaries a playwright “second only to Shakespeare,” Joanna Baillie was one of the most critically acclaimed writers of the Romantic Era. The Plays on the Passions, first published in 1798, stands as her undeniable magnum opus: a multivolume series of tragedies and comedies exploring the overruling passions of the mind.

Orra: A Tragedy in Five Acts, which comes from that series' third volume, is Joanna Baillie’s haunting meditation on fear and madness. It is gothic melodrama par excellence. Set in fourteenth century Switzerland, Baillie's play skillfully intertwines psychological horror with early feminist thought. Orra, in love with Theobald, is exiled to a haunted castle in the Black Forest after rejecting a marriage proposal from her ward's son. She is further threatened by the nefarious machinations of Rudigere, a pathologically jealous knight whose desire for Orra verges on obsession. Then there’s the castle itself, a dark and gothic abode that soon brings Orra to the brink of abject terror.

Will Orra survive her expulsion into the Black Forest—or will she descend further and further into madness? ( ChuckW)
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This play is now complete. Audio files may be found in our catalog at: https://librivox.org/orra-by-joanna-baillie/
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      • Project Code: 43BLaXls
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Joanna Baillie) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Baillie
      • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available):
      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 58
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      • Original publication date (if known): 1821
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        Genres for the project: Plays/Drama/Tragedy

        Keywords that describe the book: horror, ghosts, supernatural, feminism, Gothic romance, gothic melodrama, horror play

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      • BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430

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        Bit Rate: 128 kbps
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        Submit one file per act.
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        [Role], read by [your name].

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



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Post by ChuckW » May 31st, 2017, 1:57 pm

Yeah, I know this is somewhat out of character. I'm mostly known for launching plays from the early twentieth century... but what can I say? The more I read from and learned about Joanna Baillie, the more I wanted to do one of her plays!

If this goes well, I'd love to produce more of her gothic tragedies, particularly Witchcraft and De Monfort. But we'll use Orra as a test run. We'll see where this takes us.

I'll be doing the editing, of course. I actually have more time to edit than record, so please don't take that away from me. :-P

I'd obviously welcome a DPL, but am willing to do it myself if no one is interested.

I'll also take a role... eventually. I want to see what you guys are interested in first.
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Post by ToddHW » May 31st, 2017, 6:11 pm

I can MC and set this up for you. MW shortly.

EDIT: Ready for you to fill in.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ChuckW » May 31st, 2017, 6:46 pm

ToddHW wrote:I can MC and set this up for you. MW shortly.

EDIT: Ready for you to fill in.

Thanks, Todd
Thanks Todd!

MW updated. We're ready to go. :-)

I also made some slight cosmetic changes to the summary.
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Post by ToddHW » May 31st, 2017, 6:50 pm

ChuckW wrote:I also made some slight cosmetic changes to the summary.
Good thing to tell me about, becuz the catalog page summary gets set from the original posting - changes in the forum posting don't automatically transfer. If you are happy with it now I will change the MW database entry.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ChuckW » May 31st, 2017, 6:52 pm

ToddHW wrote:
ChuckW wrote:I also made some slight cosmetic changes to the summary.
Good thing to tell me about, becuz the catalog page summary gets set from the original posting - changes in the forum posting don't automatically transfer. If you are happy with it now I will change the MW database entry.

Thanks, Todd
Yes, it should be good. The grammar was a little wonky, so I made some slight adjustments. Blame my enthusiasm for the project for failing to proofread before posting.
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Post by Availle » May 31st, 2017, 7:03 pm

A woman descending into madness...? :hmm: I think I'm perfect for this role.

Could I read Orra please? Unless you'd want something younger sounding.
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Post by ChuckW » May 31st, 2017, 7:18 pm

Availle wrote:A woman descending into madness...? :hmm: I think I'm perfect for this role.

Could I read Orra please? Unless you'd want something younger sounding.
Haha. You know, I don't think I've ever really associated a specific age with your voice... so I doubt that'll be an issue... :-P

I think you'd be perfect for this... and I'm not just saying that because I've spent most of the afternoon editing in your sound files from Princess Zoubaroff. Thanks for volunteering! So glad you were able to snatch up the big, tricky role for yourself. :-)
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Post by WiltedScribe » May 31st, 2017, 8:57 pm

Oh man, so many roles to choose from. :shock: I'd love to claim a role, but I'm not sure which one would best suit me. :hmm: I can play a character of any age, I suppose, though my natural voice would suit someone younger. Any recommendations, Chuck, since this is your project?
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Post by Kitty » May 31st, 2017, 11:10 pm

Gothic romantic ! Can't resist. Now that the Castle Spectre is done, I can help with DPL here again, if you'd like to have me again, Chuck. :)

Also I don't know the play, but I think I'd go for Cathrina, the maid to Orra, if that's all right.

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Post by NemoR » June 1st, 2017, 3:10 am

I'd like to claim Franko please .... the leader of a band of outlaws who sings? ..... yeah!!

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Post by bluechien » June 1st, 2017, 3:13 am

Could I please claim Eleonora?
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Post by ChuckW » June 1st, 2017, 4:20 am

Oh, yowza! What a productive night! So much happened while I was sleeping. Thank you all so much! :-)
bluechien wrote:Could I please claim Eleonora?
She's yours! Thanks! :-)
NemoR wrote:I'd like to claim Franko please .... the leader of a band of outlaws who sings? ..... yeah!!

Nemo
Haha. Yeah, Franko is great. Thanks for the claim. Do you think you'll be singing the song or chanting?
Kitty wrote:Gothic romantic ! Can't resist. Now that the Castle Spectre is done, I can help with DPL here again, if you'd like to have me again, Chuck. :)

Also I don't know the play, but I think I'd go for Cathrina, the maid to Orra, if that's all right.

Sonia
Thank you sooooo much, Sonia. I'm so happy to be working with you again. :-)

And Cathrina is a great character. You pretty much spend the entire play unwittingly feeding into Orra's paranoia.

(And don't worry -- nobody knows this play. Baillie's works were extremely popular in the 19th century, but not so much in the 21st. She's only now being rediscovered and her books republished. Valancourt Press recently put together a really cool collection of all her gothic dramas.)
WiltedScribe wrote:Oh man, so many roles to choose from. :shock: I'd love to claim a role, but I'm not sure which one would best suit me. :hmm: I can play a character of any age, I suppose, though my natural voice would suit someone younger. Any recommendations, Chuck, since this is your project?
Thanks Tomas. I'd love for you to take over a role. As for what's available... it all depends on what you're looking for. There are two major male roles that might be of interest: Theobald and Rudigere. Theobald is the heroic lover type who spends most of the play trying to rescue her from her exile. Rudigere, meanwhile, is a straight-up villain: a real jerk who splits his time between scheming against Orra and seducing her... all while cruelly gaslighting her, of course.

There are also some smaller roles, if you're more interested in taking a supporting role. Glottenbal is the character whose spurned advances toward Orra set off the whole horrible chain of events. Hartman and Maurice are other potential suitors, the latter of which who unwittingly aids Rudigere. And Urston is a monk. :-)

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Post by Kitty » June 1st, 2017, 4:28 am

ChuckW wrote:And Cathrina is a great character. You pretty much spend the entire play unwittingly feeding into Orra's paranoia.
yes that's what I gathered as well :mrgreen: I think that might be fun
Theobald is the heroic lover type who spends most of the play trying to rescue her from her exile. Rudigere, meanwhile, is a straight-up villain: a real jerk who splits his time between scheming against Orra and seducing her... all while cruelly gaslighting her, of course.
if you want my opinion, Tomas, I much prefer you in the role of the villain. I adored your mean streak in Paul Jones 8-)

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Post by NemoR » June 1st, 2017, 4:47 am

ChuckW wrote:
NemoR wrote:I'd like to claim Franko please .... the leader of a band of outlaws who sings? ..... yeah!!

Nemo
Haha. Yeah, Franko is great. Thanks for the claim. Do you think you'll be singing the song or chanting?
Since they are sitting around a fire drinking and it mentions a song, I think I'll go ahead and give it a good hearty drinking song try ...you know, the kind when you are sitting in the pub with your mates! :D

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