[PLAY: FULL] The Vampire; or, the Bride of the Isles by J.R. Planche - thw

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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 4:53 am

The Vampire; or, The Bride of the Isles by James Planché (1796 - 1880).

Freely adapted from Lord Byron’s Fragment of a Novel, J.R. Planché’s The Vampire; or, the Bride of the Isles predates Dracula in its depiction of the vampire as a seductive, sophisticated, and noble figure. It also helped popularize the character of Lord Ruthven, the nefarious “creature of the night” who would later be immortalized in numerous films, operas, novels, roleplaying games, and comic books.

Set in the Scottish Isles, Planché’s play begins with our heroine having a prophetic vision of her own demise. Lady Margaret is besieged with nightmares of a vampiric fiend threatening to feast upon her blood. These premonitions are quickly borne out when she meets her betrothed, the villainous Lord Ruthven, an otherworldly creature alluded to in local gossip and rumor. Her father once believed he had died years ago protecting him from bandits—but he was wrong. Ruthven has joined the legion of the undead—he is, in short, the titular vampire.

Now Ruthven seeks to marry Margaret in order to drain her of her blood. Will her prophetic dreams come true? How can she be saved from Ruthven’s villainous schemes?
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      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (James Planché) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Planché
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      • Original publication date (if known): 1820
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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 4:55 am

So I was gonna wait a little while before launching this, but (a) my other play seems to have reached that purgatorial state that often befalls plays with large casts of extras and supporting characters, and (b) I actually have more time this summer for editing and BC-ing (if not recording) than I'd expected.

And this is a really, really short play with a relatively small cast, so it shouldn't be hard finishing this one up. Maybe before Halloween? We'll see.
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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 4:59 am

Oh, and here's the cast list, for those who want to claim something early. Gender neutral casting.

Unda, Spirit of the Flood [also read Chorus] (Introductory Vision)

Ariel, Spirit of the Air [also read Chorus] (Introductory Vision)

Ruthven, Earl of Marsden, the Vampire [credited as “Vampire”] (Introductory Vision)
Ruthven, Earl of Marsden, the Vampire (Act I)
Ruthven, Earl of Marsden, the Vampire (Act II)

Ronald, Baron of the Isles (Act I)
Ronald, Baron of the Isles (Act II)

Robert, an English Attendant on the Baron [sings or chats on pg. 5] (Act I)
Robert, an English Attendant on the Baron [sings or chats on pg. 9] (Act II)

M’Swill, The Baron’s Henchman [sings or chants on pg. 4] (Act I)
M’Swill, The Baron’s Henchman [sings or chants on pg. 12] (Act II)

Andrew, Steward to Ruthven (Act I)
Andrew, Steward to Ruthven (Act II)

Lady Margaret, Daughter of Ronald (Act I)
Lady Margaret, Daughter of Ronald (Act II)

Effie, Daughter of Andrew [sings on pg. 8] (Act I)
Effie, Daughter of Andrew [sings on pg. 9 & 11] (Act II)

Bridget, Lord Ronald’s Housekeeper (Act I)
Bridget, Lord Ronald’s Housekeeper (Act II)

Chorus [for Chorus and Boat Song]

Stage Directions (Introductory Vision)
Stage Directions (Act I)
Stage Directions (Act II)
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Post by leanneyauyau » July 24th, 2018, 6:40 am

Hello may I claim Ariel, Spirit of the Air
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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 6:56 am

leanneyauyau wrote:
July 24th, 2018, 6:40 am
Hello may I claim Ariel, Spirit of the Air
Our first volunteer! :-)

That would be great, Leanne. Thank you. :-)

You probably also noticed that the two characters in this act sometimes chant in unison. You'll probably have to set the template for whoever takes Unda in the future.
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Post by leanneyauyau » July 24th, 2018, 7:12 am

That's cool!
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Post by Foon » July 24th, 2018, 7:47 am

May I also put in an early claim, for Lady Margaret? :D
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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 7:56 am

Foon wrote:
July 24th, 2018, 7:47 am
May I also put in an early claim, for Lady Margaret? :D

Woohoo! That would be excellent! Thank you so much!
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Post by ToddHW » July 24th, 2018, 8:49 am

Setting up MW.

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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 8:57 am

ToddHW wrote:
July 24th, 2018, 8:49 am
Setting up MW.

Thanks, Todd
Yaaaaay! :-)

Thanks Todd!
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Post by ToddHW » July 24th, 2018, 8:58 am

MW ready for you.

I have not been a baddie in a while. May I read Ruthven? I will avoid mirrors and garlic for the next month.

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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 9:00 am

ToddHW wrote:
July 24th, 2018, 8:58 am
MW ready for you.

I have not been a baddie in a while. May I read Ruthven? I will avoid mirrors and garlic for the next month.

Thanks, Todd
You are in for quite a treat, Todd. Ruthven is a very fun character. Thanks. :-)

I’m at the library with my daughter right now, but I’ll update the MW after we get back and I make her lunch.
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Post by Kitty » July 24th, 2018, 9:07 am

can I be the housekeeper Bridget please ?

I was also wondering if we should pronounce Ruthven's name in the old Scottish Clan traditional way...it would be "riven" not "ruth-ven"

see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Ruthven : "The Clan Ruthven (/ˈrɪvən/) is a Lowland Scottish clan"

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Post by ChuckW » July 24th, 2018, 9:12 am

Kitty wrote:
July 24th, 2018, 9:07 am
can I be the housekeeper Bridget please ?

I was also wondering if we should pronounce Ruthven's name in the old Scottish Clan traditional way...it would be "riven" not "ruth-ven"

see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Ruthven : "The Clan Ruthven (/ˈrɪvən/) is a Lowland Scottish clan"

Sonia
That would be great, Sonia. Thank you. :-)

Excellent point about the pronoun is toon of Ruthven. I’m not entirely sure if there’s a canonical pronunciation we need to stick with, since this the character has become such a pop-culture fixture. I’ll do some research when I get home and figure out if your suggested pronunciation is correct or if we need to go with something else.
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Post by WiltedScribe » July 24th, 2018, 9:33 am

This sounds so cool, and I haven't even looked at the text yet lol. I don't usually choose blindly, but I kinda want to play a "henchman" for once, so can I have M’Swill? Or McSwill, if the apostrophe is a c? :P
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