OPEN[Play]Gulzara; or the Persian Slave by Anna Cora Mowatt - thw

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 21st, 2020, 7:44 am

Gulzara; or The Persian Slave by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie (1819 - 1870).

“Gulzara, The Persian Slave” is a rare example of a script for a Victorian melodrama that was intended as a private theatrical – to be performed by a limited cast of amateurs in a home or school, not on a public stage. Rarer still, “Gulzara” was written by a female author to be performed by a cast of women. The only male character, Amurath, was a “breeches role,” played by a young girl. Thus this drama, set in a harem in Constantinople, in addition to spinning a yarn about the abduction of Sultan Suliman’s son, gives us an unusual peek at the lives of young women in the U.S. in the 1840’s and 50’s. ( Kelly S. Taylor)
Rapunzelina will be our DPL for this project.

The part of the young boy, Amurath, is what Victorians called a “breeches role” and was always played by a young lady. In keeping with this tradition, gender neutral casting is welcomed for this character.

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      • Project Code: AF2mtOcy
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Cora_Mowatt
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      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 28
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      • Original publication date (if known): 1841
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        Genres for the project: Plays/Romance

        Keywords that describe the book: romance, melodrama

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 21st, 2020, 7:45 am

Looking for an MC. :D

I am going to read the part of Princess Zuleika.

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Post by Rapunzelina » October 21st, 2020, 1:33 pm

I'm excited to participate in this project as the DPL! :clap:

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Post by ToddHW » October 21st, 2020, 4:55 pm

I'll set this up for you and MC.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » October 21st, 2020, 5:02 pm

MW is ready for you.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 21st, 2020, 5:27 pm

ToddHW wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 5:02 pm
MW is ready for you.

Thanks, Todd
Thank you! :D :D

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Post by thestorygirl » October 22nd, 2020, 1:08 pm

Could I play Fatima? :D

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 22nd, 2020, 1:40 pm

thestorygirl wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Could I play Fatima? :D
Yes, certainly! Welcome aboard! :D

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Post by ToddHW » October 22nd, 2020, 4:27 pm

Moving us from the Launch Pad to the Dramatic Works forum where more folks interested in roles may be spending their time.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by Kalamareader » October 22nd, 2020, 7:57 pm

Todd,

I know this is an all female play, but just out of curiosity, would you want a male 'Stage Directions'?

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 22nd, 2020, 8:56 pm

Yes! I think a male voice reading the stage directions would give a nice contrast. Welcome to the cast!

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Post by Kalamareader » October 23rd, 2020, 6:48 pm

Wayne
ktaylor07 wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 8:56 pm
Yes! I think a male voice reading the stage directions would give a nice contrast. Welcome to the cast!
Todd et al,

Here are the Stage Directions of this very interesting, even uplifting play. Interesting ending.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_1_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_2_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_3_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_4_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_5_128kb.mp3

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 24th, 2020, 6:04 am

Kalamareader wrote:
October 23rd, 2020, 6:48 pm
Wayne
ktaylor07 wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 8:56 pm
Yes! I think a male voice reading the stage directions would give a nice contrast. Welcome to the cast!
Todd et al,

Here are the Stage Directions of this very interesting, even uplifting play. Interesting ending.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_1_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_2_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_3_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_4_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/gulzara_directions_5_128kb.mp3

Wayne
Thanks so much for your prompt completion!

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Post by Rapunzelina » October 25th, 2020, 7:25 am

Hi Wayne!

Here are my PL notes, but please wait for Kelly's comments, too, in case not all suggestions need to be acted upon. I noticed some differences between the original text and the google doc.

Act 1
1:20, missing "Zuleika (reclining on a couch), missing also from Google doc
At 4:23 I think it would help to add the name "Ayesha" (rising and making an inclination)

Act 2
0:19, I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 2 (scene 1)

Act 3
0:19, again I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 3 (scene 1)

Act 4,
0:20, I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 4 (scene 1)
1:08, missing "during (which time Ayesha sings), missing also from Google doc
1:57 text in the original is (after a moment Ayesha) re-enters", text in Google doc is "returns"
2:24, missing "Exit" before Scene 2.

Act 5,
0:20, I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 5 (scene 1)
At the end, not sure about the correct order, I would suggest "The End. End of Act 5. End of Gulzara, or The Persian Slave by Anna Cora Mowatt"

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Post by ktaylor07 » October 25th, 2020, 10:34 am

Rapunzelina wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 7:25 am
Hi Wayne!

Here are my PL notes, but please wait for Kelly's comments, too, in case not all suggestions need to be acted upon. I noticed some differences between the original text and the google doc.

Act 1
1:20, missing "Zuleika (reclining on a couch), missing also from Google doc
At 4:23 I think it would help to add the name "Ayesha" (rising and making an inclination)

Act 2
0:19, I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 2 (scene 1)

Act 3
0:19, again I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 3 (scene 1)

Act 4,
0:20, I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 4 (scene 1)
1:08, missing "during (which time Ayesha sings), missing also from Google doc
1:57 text in the original is (after a moment Ayesha) re-enters", text in Google doc is "returns"
2:24, missing "Exit" before Scene 2.

Act 5,
0:20, I think it would sound better if it started with "Act 5 (scene 1)
At the end, not sure about the correct order, I would suggest "The End. End of Act 5. End of Gulzara, or The Persian Slave by Anna Cora Mowatt"
I agree with these suggestions and apologize for the mistakes in the Google Doc text! :oops:

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