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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 5:26 am

One Act Play Collection 015 by Various ( - ).

Here, in our 15th collection, are 10 One Act Plays for your enjoyment. They range from the mid-1600s to the early 1900s, from outright farce to bittersweet relationships, all short gems to make you laugh, cry, think, or all three. NOTE: Although the plays here were all published before 1923 and hence are in the Public Domain in the U.S., Moeller died in 1958 while the death dates for Postgate, Crandall, and Bornstead are unknown. Their plays may not yet be in the Public Domain in some countries. ( ToddHW)
  • This project is complete. Audio files can be found on our catalog page at

    This collection will be limited to 10 plays. Once we have 10 this will be closed to further additions. We are now full with 10 plays. There will be another future collection soon.

    Please see the posted list below in the thread for previous plays. It would be nice to have new ones to add to the collection.

    Please Note: Some plays are not PD for readers in Europe and/or Australia, and other countries which observe copyright of author's death +70 years. These are identified below and in the MW.

    1. DONE Re-Taming of the Shrew: A Shakespearean Travesty in One Act by John W. Postgate. BC for this play is ToddHW
    This play is PD in the US, but is possibly NOT PD in countries that use authors death + 70 years (don't know when Postgate died)
    Publication Date: 1915
    Author dates unknown, but he was writing in the 1880s
    Gender Neutral Casting

    2. DONE The Jealousy of Le Barbouille by Moliere, translated by Charles Heron Wall (1836-1905). BC for this play is ToddHW
    Publication Date: 1650
    Gender Neutral Casting

    3. DONE A Photographic Fix by Frederic Hay. BC for this play is SonOfTheExiles
    Publication Date: 1870
    Gender neutral casting

    4. DONE Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady by J.R. Planche (1796-1880). BC for this play is ktaylor07
    Publication date: 1840
    Gender neutral casting

    5. DONEThe Roadhouse in Arden by Philip Moeller (died 1958). BC for this play is mleigh
    This play is PD in the US, but it is NOT PD in countries that use authors death + 70 years
    Publication Date: 1918
    Gender neutral casting

    6. DONE In the Shadow of the Glen by John Millington Synge (16 April 1871 – 24 March 1909). BC for this play is AngeliqueAnja
    PD text link:
    Link to author on Wikipedia:
    Link to title on Wikipedia:
    Original publication date: October 8, 1903 (First performance)
    Gender neutral casting

    7. DONE The Last Rehearsal by Irene Jean Crandall (dates unknown). BC for this play is jennlea
    This play is PD in the US, but is possibly NOT PD in countries that use authors death + 70 years (don't know when Crandall died)
    PD text link:
    Original publication date: 1919
    Gender neutral casting

    8. DONE The Trysting Place: A Farce in One Act by Booth Tarkington (1869-1946). BC for this play was Ambsweet13, now Rapunzelina
    PD text link
    Link to author on Wikipedia
    Original publication date 1922
    Gender neutral casting

    9. DONE The Diabolical Circle by Beulah Bornstead (1896- ??). BC for this play is wib66
    This play is PD in the US, but is possibly NOT PD in countries that use authors death + 70 years (don't know when Bornstead died)
    PD text link:
    Original publication date: 1922
    Gender neutral casting

    10. DONE Spreading the News by Augusta Gregory (? - 1932). BC for this play is wib66
    PD text link -
    Link to author on Wikipedia, and death date, if known -,_Lady_Gregory death date 1932
    Link to title on Wikipedia -
    Original publication date - 1911
    Gender neutral casting

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    • Project Code: 5WE5XE5A
    • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): ( Various) : n/a
    • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available):
    • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 100
    • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
    • Original publication date (if known):

      Genres for the project: Plays

      Keywords that describe the book: one act plays

      How to volunteer to BC a play:
      This is a great opportunity for anyone who's always wanted to BC a dramatic reading but isn't quite ready to do a full-length play. (Of course it's open to experienced BCs as well!) Please note that if you propose a play for inclusion in the collection, you are responsible either for editing, proof-listening and coordinating it yourself, or for finding other volunteers to fill these roles. Volunteers outside the USA: Be aware that some of the plays are still protected by copyright law some places, like Europe, where copyright is author's death plus 70 years, Australia (author's death plus 70 years for authors who died after 1955) or Canada (author's death plus 50 years).

      Please look at the list of plays that have previously been submitted before choosing a play to co-ordinate. Please claim your play in the thread; You will be the BC for your play. I will put files in the MW and keep that up to date but you are expected to Proof Listen submitted parts and then edit the play together when all parts are submitted. This collection is capped at 10 plays. Each BC needs to provide the following information about each play:

      * Title and author
      * PD text link
      * Link to author on Wikipedia, and death date, if known
      * Link to title on Wikipedia
      * Number of roles (including narrator) this project will have
      * Original publication date
      * The list of characters in your plays so when we have a MW I can set up your sections properly!

      If you would like to claim a role yourself please do so. Below are some resources you can use to find a play, but don't feel limited to these. Also, remember to check what has already been recorded in the previous One-Act Play Collections (see next post in this thread)

      Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays:

      The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays:

      Washington Square Plays:

      Comtemporary One Act Plays

      Voces Populi by F Anstey

      King Arthur's Socks and Other Plays by Floyd Dell Not PD for Europe/Australia

      Project Gutenberg also has a list of many authors who have written one-act plays:
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    Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 6:06 am

Previous Collections

Plays already recorded in previous collections

One Act Play Collection 001 Author
The First and the Last- John Galsworthy
A Marriage has been Arranged- Alfred Sutro
The Swan Song- Anton Chekhov
Trifles- Susan Glaspell
War Brides- Marion Craig Wentworth
Wurzel Flummery- A.A. Milne

One Act Play Collection 002 Author
Before Breakfast- Eugene O'Neill
The Buller Podington Compact- Frank Richard Stockton
The Dark Lady of the Sonnets- George Bernard Shaw
The First and the Last- John Galsworthy
How he Lied to her Husband- George Bernard Shaw
The Outside- Susan Glaspell
The Parlor Car- William D Howells
Riders to the Sea- John Millington Synge

One Act Play Collection 003 Author
Eugenically Speaking- Edward Goodman
The Pot Boiler- Alice Gerstenberg
A Good Woman- Arnold Bennet
The Sun- John Galsworthy
The Bear- Anton Chekov
The Tenor- Frank Wedekind
The Pretentious Young Ladies- Moliere
Lonesome Like- Harolod Brighouse
Enter the Hero- Theresa Helburn
A Proposal Under Difficulties- John Kendrick Bangs

One Act Play Collection 004 Author
The Bicyclers- John Kendrick Bangs
The Dark Lady of Sonnets- George Bernard Shaw
Eolaus, A Dramatic Poem- James Allen
Fame and the Poet- Lord Dunsany
Is She His Wife- Charles Dickens
King Lear's Wife- Gordon bottomley
The Land of Heart's Desire- William butler Yeats
Mr Nightingale's Diary- Charles Dickens
The Stronger- August Strindberg
Trifles- Susan Glaspell
War Brides- Marion Craig Wentworth
Woman's Honor- Susan Glaspell

One Act Play Collection 005 Author
Abstraction- Basil Hall Chamberlain
The Constant Lover- St John Hankin
The Day of the Boomer Dukes- Frederik Pohl
Forgotten Souls- David Pinski
Overtones- Alice Gerstenberg
Supressed Desires- Susan Glaspell and George Cram
Tides- George Middleton
The Twelve Pound Look- J.M. Barrie
When Shades Assemble- Marjory Benton Cooke
Zenobia- Hereward Carrington

One Act Play Collection 006 Author
Madame Butterfly- David Belasco
The Hunting of the Snark- Lewis Carroll
Something to Vote For- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Sightless- Maurice Maeterlinck
Punch and Go- John Galsworthy
The Falcon- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Night At The Inn- Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Dunsany
A Midsummer Dance Dream- Anna Bird Stewart
Zenobia- Hereward Carrington
A Question of Sex- Arnold Bennett

One Act Play Collection 007 Author
The Stepmother- Arnold Bennett
The Woman Tamer Louis Esson
Dead Timber - Louis Esson
The Wedding - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The Anniversary - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Grotesques- Cloyd Head
A Tragedian in Spite of Himself - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The Slave With Two Faces - Mary Carolyn Davies
The Masque of the Two Strangers - Lady Alix Egerton
Fourteen - Alice Gerstenberg
Moonshine - Arthur Hopkins

One Act Play Collection 008 Author
The Hour Glass - WB Yeats
Human Nature - Floyd Dell
At a Garden Party- F Anstey
Not Smart - Wilbur Daniel Steele
Cinderella - Florence Bell
The Sacred Place - Louis Esson
The Second Story Man - Upton Sinclair
Daniel and the Devil - Eugene Field
The Pierrot of the Minute - Ernest Dowson
The Exchange - Althea Thurston

One Act Play Collection 009 Author
Phipps - Stanley Houghton
Fancy Free - Stanley Houghton
Attuned- Alice Gerstenberg
Where But in America - Oscar M Wolff
The Good Samaritan - Rita Benton
In 1999 - William C Demille
The Story of Rachel - Lady Florence Bell
The Dance of Death - Gustave Flaubert
Answering the Phone - Elizabeth Guptill
A Dramatic Evening - John Kendrick Bangs
The Fatal Message - John Kendrick Bangs

One Act Play Collection 010 Author
Mosada - William Butler
The Belles of Canterbury - Anna Bird Stewart
The People- Susan Glaspell
Close the Book - Susan Glaspell
Cathleen Ni Houlihan - WB Yeats and Lady Gregory
The Proving of Abraham - Rita Benton
Household Gods - Aleister Crowley
Box and Cox - Maddison Morton
What Christmas did for Jerusha Grumble - John D Macdonald
The Fourth Act - Basil MacDonald Hastings

One Act Play Collection 011 Author
Chitra - Rabindranath Tagore
The Vampire Cat - Gerard Van Etten
The Countess of Escarbagnas - Moliere
Playgoers - Arthur Wing Pinero
The Far-Away Princess - Hermann Sudermann
Food A Tragedy of the Future - William C. de Mille
A Day Well Spent (the play that became Hello Dolly) - John Oxenford
Bridges - Clare Kummer
Efficiency - Perley Poore Sheehan and Robert H. [Hobart] Davis
Biscuits and Bills - O.B. DuBois

One Act Play Collection 012 Author
The Flying Doctor by Moliere
At Saint Judas' by Henry Blake Fuller
The Grandmother by Lajos Biro
Everybody's Husband by Richard Ryan
A DOLLAR by David Pinski
Why the Chimes Rang by Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden
The Line of No Resistance by Percival Wilde
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern by W. S. Gilbert
First Come, First Served by John Maddison Morton
Wanted, A Male Cook by George Melville Baker

One Act Play Collection 013 Author
Love Magic by Gregorio Martinez Sierra
He Said and She Said: A One-Act Play by Alice Gerstenberg
DONE The Hartleys, a Play in One Act by Arthur Eckersley
The Sicilian, or Love Makes the Painter, by Moliere
When Witches Ride - A Play of Folk-Superstition, by Elizabeth Lay (Greene)
The Woman Tamer, by Louis Esson
The Cyclops, by Euripides
"Dod Gast Ye Both!" a Comedy of Mountain Moonshiners, by Hubert Heffner
An Irish Engagement, by Walter Watts
Damon, or True Friendship, by G E Lessing

One Act Collection 014 Author

The Lover by Gregorio Martinez Sierra
England's Easter by George Logan
“The Bloomer Costume; or The Figure of Fun” by Edward Stirling
"Short and Sweet" by Adolphus Charles Troughton
"Hester's Mystery" by Arthur Wing Pinero
"Sweet and Twenty" by Floyd Dell
Heirs of Slavery: A Little Drama of Today by Katherine D. Tillman
In 1999; a problem play of the future by William Churchill De Mille
Retained for the Defence by John Oxenford.
Lady Geraldine's Speech by Beatrice Harraden

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Post by alanmapstone » December 26th, 2020, 6:32 am

Can I take Gorgibus and Macbeth?

MacBeth actually says "Hoots Mon" :lol:
the sixth age shifts into the slippered pantaloon with spectacles on nose

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 7:23 am

Yes. Definitely a travesty.

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Post by WiltedScribe » December 26th, 2020, 11:00 am

May I claim Angelo for the present?
Tomas Peter

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 11:11 am

Thank you.


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Post by WendyKatzHiller » December 26th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Could I please claim Katherine?

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Post by awonski » December 26th, 2020, 5:09 pm

Can I claim the Stage Directions for the Re-taming of the Shrew and the part of Angelique?

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 5:50 pm

awonski wrote:
December 26th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Can I claim [snip] the part of Angelique?
Certainly. Thanks.

Please take the one minute test first. It is not really an audition but an equipment check. Don't want to record something long before you make sure that your equipment is set up properly to give us files we can use!

I have a short summary for the important special rules in drama; here goes:

1) you don't have to read an intro or outro disclaimer, this will be done by the narrator. Instead, record your voice credit at the beginning of the file using the words in the MW, which should be something like: "Matilda O'Fipp, the Colonel's Daughter, read by XXXX" (whatever you use for your reader name)

2) then browse through the text and record all the lines you have to speak. Also include any "All" lines while your character is on stage. For a big role it may be good to read the entire play to get into character, but at least it would be good to read a bit around your lines, see what the others are saying, so you can better "react" to them. Just be as expressive (according to the character) as you can in your role.

3) if there are pointers in the text qualifying your voice, like [laughs] or [whines], an added bonus would be that you act those out in your reading, if possible, to make it all more interesting.

4) You prepare and upload a separate file for each Act that your character is in. (Note - the section numbers change as I move stuff around on the MW, so remember character name, not section numbers.) Your file will be proof-listened, and you may receive some notes on corrections and their time locations in your file. These will be posted in the forum and show in the Magic Window marked as "See PL Notes" - please cut corrections into your file to update it and upload a new file (SAME NAME) in a reasonable time - like before your voice and equipment setup change and everything sounds different!

5) and most importantly: please leave enough space between each of your speeches, preferably 4-5 seconds or more. Even when you have the stage directions in the middle of your speech (for example: [kisses her hand]), also leave 4-5 seconds of pause there, because our editor (me) later on has to copy all your parts and paste them into his (my) master file and it's helpful if he (me) has enough space to fiddle with

That's it, I think. Just have fun acting out. And post any questions here.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 5:59 pm

awonski wrote:
December 26th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Can I claim the Stage Directions for the Re-taming of the Shrew [snip]?
For the stage directions, you need to read everything that is not read by the actors. So each time you see "closes door" or "drinks wine" or "exit left", you would need to read. Often it's written in italics or between brackets, but not always, so finding all the directions can be tricky business.

There is a special rule that concerns reading the characters' names. It's quite easy to remember:

1) if the stage direction appears at the beginning of the speech, you include the character's name.
John (sitting down on the couch): "I feel a headache coming on."
you would read everything I underlined now, including the name.

2) if the stage direction is in the middle or at the end of the speech, you do not repeat the name, because it's already clear who is speaking.
John: "I feel a headache coming on." (sits down on the couch) "I think I need a rest." (dozes off)
both times, no name included, only the underlined parts would be read.

Please leave at least 4-5 seconds between each chunk. So each time the narration is interrupted by a character speech, you leave ample space. It makes copy/pasting easier for our editor (me).

Also - record a voice credit for yourself: "Stage directions, read by XXXX"

Thanks, Todd

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Post by mleigh » December 26th, 2020, 6:29 pm

Could I be Lady Macbeth?



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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 7:54 pm

Thank you.


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Post by SonOfTheExiles » December 26th, 2020, 7:59 pm

Hi Todd,

I'd like to BC "A Photographic Fix":

The parts are:

Michael Angelo Chrome
Ebenezer Staggers
Bob Cropp
Miss Diana Duff
Miss Caroline Cropp
Stage Directions

I'd like to take on the role of Bob Cropp myself.

I'll be trying to get a PL and a Play Assembler for this ... do I advertise for that within this thread or elsewhere?

Currently on sabbatical from Librivox

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 8:37 pm

Play posted. I claimed Michael.

You can advertise here for PL and editing, and also try the Listeners and Editors Wanted forum which may get more visitors.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by AngeliqueAnja » December 27th, 2020, 2:01 am

Could I try managing "The Gazing Globe" by Eugene Pillot?

Maybe I should start by figuring out if this is how this works...

DR: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (Readers Wanted)
SOLO The Fairy Latchkey

I am without internet at the moment. Not sure for how long.

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