FULL[PLAY]The Litigants by Racine - thw

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Post by ToddHW » August 17th, 2020, 11:45 am

The Litigants by Jean Racine (1639 - 1699). Translated by Robert Bruce Boswell (1864 - 1933)

This play, which is neither a comedy or a farce but has elements in common with each, was first performed in 1668 at Paris, and afterwards at Versailles. It is a French adaptation of "The Wasps" of Aristophanes. Racine's own experience of law and lawyers was derived from the suit in which he had been involved about the Priory of Epernay, during the course of which he picked up a number of barbarous terms "which," to quote his own words, "neither my judges nor I ever properly understood"
( (The Translator))
  • After all that blood and tragedy, Racine must have need a break after Andromache. This is his only comedy, if law and lawyers can be made funny....

    Kitty will be typecast as The Countess; speak kindly and she may deign to pay attention to DPL'ing the lines of all us little people.

    Gender neutral, of course.



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      • Project Code: KUDmshbB
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Jean Racine) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Racine
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      • Original publication date (if known): 1668
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Post by alanmapstone » August 17th, 2020, 12:06 pm

May I read Dandin?
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Post by Kitty » August 17th, 2020, 1:16 pm

alanmapstone wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 12:06 pm
May I read Dandin?
aha our judge has arrived, yes you may, Alan :)

I am really curious about this play, I only know Racine's tragedies. I hope he is any good in jokes and witticism :| there's probably a reason why he discontinued writing comedies after this one :lol:

Checking in as DPL and yes...maybe a countess would suit me. Maybe I can try to make her silly...

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Post by HannaPonomarenko » August 17th, 2020, 2:14 pm

May I read Isabelle?


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Post by Salvationist » August 17th, 2020, 7:07 pm

May I read The Prompter?
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Post by alanmapstone » August 18th, 2020, 12:50 am

Kitty wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 1:16 pm
alanmapstone wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 12:06 pm
May I read Dandin?
I am really curious about this play, I only know Racine's tragedies. I hope he is any good in jokes and witticism :| there's probably a reason why he discontinued writing comedies after this one :lol:
Hi Sonia
Like you I am surprised to find Racine writing a comedy, but I see it is based on Aristophanes so perhaps it is part of Racine's idea that he was continuing the tradition of Classical Drama with tragedies like Andromache based on Classical Greek models and his conformity to the classical rules on the Unities of Time and Space.
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Post by ToddHW » August 18th, 2020, 5:25 am

Salvationist wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 7:07 pm
May I read The Prompter?
Thank you.

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Post by Salvationist » August 20th, 2020, 4:18 pm

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » August 20th, 2020, 5:00 pm

I’ll do the Stage Directions if the Countess de Monet will help me out with any tricky French pronunciations that may crop up.

Don’t worry, I’ll rein in my Australian accent as much as is humanly possible. :wink:

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Post by ToddHW » August 20th, 2020, 5:18 pm

Thank you.

I thought it didn't rain much in Australia.

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » August 20th, 2020, 6:43 pm

It doesn’t rain cats and dogs a lot in Australia.

But, maaaan, does it hail taxis.

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Post by Kitty » August 21st, 2020, 7:21 am

thank you for these :lol: haha this is a funny moment with such a prompter. Especially the metempsychosis part. :mrgreen:

I'm afraid you missed the very first sentence though :|

> at about 0:06: (p. 235) missed line: "Queer fellow, this !"

The role was cut a bit short, could have gone on for comic relief.

Sonia

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