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Post by EstherbenSimonides » February 29th, 2016, 9:17 pm

We've just started our second Shakespeare in Two Weeks project, the Comedy of Errors. There are lots of parts open and we are also looking for editors.
Post in the thread: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=60088
Or PM Adele or me if you are interested! :D
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Post by RobMarland » March 9th, 2016, 11:13 am

I just read this piece on The Guardian about plays featuring Shakespeare http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/mar/09/plays-about-shakespeare

It mentioned a play called Will Shakespeare; an invention in four acts by Clemence Dane. https://archive.org/details/willshakespearei00dane

I've only had a skim through, but it looks like it might be a fun project. As a European, I can't BC or contribute myself because Dane died in 1965. But the play was published in 1921 so I believe it is fair game for American readers.
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Post by catrose » March 9th, 2016, 3:34 pm

Newgatenovelist wrote:I realised recently that there is currently no Wycherley in the catalogue, so I'd like to suggest him - or, at the very least, The Country Wife.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wycherley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Country_Wife
https://archive.org/details/dramaticworksofw00wych

I've been contemplating the prospect of BCing a play, but I'd prefer to start with something smaller. I'm also not certain if I ought to be entrusted with the first/only version of such a well known play!
Erin
I am interested in taking this play in exactly a month (I leave a two month gap before starting new plays or when Broken Heart is full) Been looking for a good version of it online but struggling (if anyone has some free time to search, I'd be very grateful indeed!)
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Post by ej400 » March 9th, 2016, 3:41 pm

catrose wrote:
Newgatenovelist wrote:I realised recently that there is currently no Wycherley in the catalogue, so I'd like to suggest him - or, at the very least, The Country Wife.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wycherley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Country_Wife
https://archive.org/details/dramaticworksofw00wych

I've been contemplating the prospect of BCing a play, but I'd prefer to start with something smaller. I'm also not certain if I ought to be entrusted with the first/only version of such a well known play!
Erin
I am interested in taking this play in exactly a month (I leave a two month gap before starting new plays or when Broken Heart is full) Been looking for a good version of it online but struggling (if anyone has some free time to search, I'd be very grateful indeed!)
You can find it here https://archive.org/details/countrywife00unkngoog

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Post by wib66 » March 9th, 2016, 4:05 pm

This will more than likely need cleaning up in order for it to be useable for all readers. The font is very old and 's' looks like 'f' etc.

If you want any help with setting up the text for reading let me know happy to help.
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Post by catrose » March 9th, 2016, 4:07 pm

I think this is the best I can find, but it still isn't ideal, if there's anyone out there who can spot better :)
https://archive.org/stream/williamwycherley00wychuoft#page/246/mode/2up
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Post by Tortilla » March 18th, 2016, 6:31 am

I think I found my contribution to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary!
It's called Caliban by the Yellow Sands by Percy Mackay, and it is absolutely fascinating!

Here's my proposed summary:
Caliban, the primitive, savage son of the witch Sycorax and the evil frog-tiger god Setebos, seeks to obtain knowledge and become civilized from a strange magician named Prospero and his young daughter, Miranda. Through fantastic visions (including of other Shakespeare plays), poetry, song and dance, thus begins the slow, gradual education of a inquisitive brute as he faces enlightenment and wicked temptation.

Serving as a thematic companion piece and maybe spiritual prequel and midquel to William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban by the Yellow Sands was a massive, elaborate and outdoor "community masque" performed from 1916-1917 in New York and Boston as part of the three-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Preaching an anti-war message in response to current events of World War I, it was a smashing success, as it was seen by over two hundred thousand spectators and utilized 1500 amateur artisans and actors to bring its giant vision to life.
It sounds like it was an absolutely crazy spectacle. It's a new project and it contains a whole mess of stuff we love (namely excerpts from Shakespeare), while bringing in new aspects and elements. I'd have to have a fairly dedicated Narrator, though, as there is a loooot if reading for them.

Text: https://archive.org/details/calibanbyyellows00mackrich

Primary Characters (the ones with no doubling roles)
- Narrator
- Caliban
- Prospero
- Ariel
- Miranda

I love it, and if there's interest, I'll probably pitch it in a few days!
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Post by dvimont » March 20th, 2016, 6:47 am

I misplaced this the other day in the "Dramatic Readings Suggestions" section. This is obviously a more appropriate place for this:
dvimont wrote:Some tunes that I wrote for the songs in a few of Shakespeare's plays are now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN on the Internet Archive -- very suitable for use in LibriVox productions: https://archive.org/details/ShakespeareScores

I probably won't be available to take part in any productions for the next few months, but these are available for anybody to pick up and put to use at any time!

Dan

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p.s.: As I was composing these, I got into the habit of making a "first take" recording within minutes after completing a song -- crude and unpolished, to be sure, but gives you an idea of what it might sound like in a production: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBpScZqJkjpfKeBRbqwmsFqJ_uqwizJpd
THANKS!

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Post by ToddHW » March 20th, 2016, 8:07 am

Tortilla wrote:I think I found my contribution to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary!
It's called Caliban by the Yellow Sands by Percy Mackay, and it is absolutely fascinating!

Here's my proposed summary:
Caliban, the primitive, savage son of the witch Sycorax and the evil frog-tiger god Setebos, seeks to obtain knowledge and become civilized from a strange magician named Prospero and his young daughter, Miranda. Through fantastic visions (including of other Shakespeare plays), poetry, song and dance, thus begins the slow, gradual education of a inquisitive brute as he faces enlightenment and wicked temptation.

Serving as a thematic companion piece and maybe spiritual prequel and midquel to William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban by the Yellow Sands was a massive, elaborate and outdoor "community masque" performed from 1916-1917 in New York and Boston as part of the three-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Preaching an anti-war message in response to current events of World War I, it was a smashing success, as it was seen by over two hundred thousand spectators and utilized 1500 amateur artisans and actors to bring its giant vision to life.
It sounds like it was an absolutely crazy spectacle. It's a new project and it contains a whole mess of stuff we love (namely excerpts from Shakespeare), while bringing in new aspects and elements. I'd have to have a fairly dedicated Narrator, though, as there is a loooot if reading for them.

Text: https://archive.org/details/calibanbyyellows00mackrich

Primary Characters (the ones with no doubling roles)
- Narrator
- Caliban
- Prospero
- Ariel
- Miranda

I love it, and if there's interest, I'll probably pitch it in a few days!
Sounds very interesting!

Thanks, Todd

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Post by Tortilla » March 20th, 2016, 9:14 am

ToddHW wrote:
Tortilla wrote:I think I found my contribution to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary!
It's called Caliban by the Yellow Sands by Percy Mackay, and it is absolutely fascinating!

Here's my proposed summary:
Caliban, the primitive, savage son of the witch Sycorax and the evil frog-tiger god Setebos, seeks to obtain knowledge and become civilized from a strange magician named Prospero and his young daughter, Miranda. Through fantastic visions (including of other Shakespeare plays), poetry, song and dance, thus begins the slow, gradual education of a inquisitive brute as he faces enlightenment and wicked temptation.

Serving as a thematic companion piece and maybe spiritual prequel and midquel to William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban by the Yellow Sands was a massive, elaborate and outdoor "community masque" performed from 1916-1917 in New York and Boston as part of the three-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Preaching an anti-war message in response to current events of World War I, it was a smashing success, as it was seen by over two hundred thousand spectators and utilized 1500 amateur artisans and actors to bring its giant vision to life.
It sounds like it was an absolutely crazy spectacle. It's a new project and it contains a whole mess of stuff we love (namely excerpts from Shakespeare), while bringing in new aspects and elements. I'd have to have a fairly dedicated Narrator, though, as there is a loooot if reading for them.

Text: https://archive.org/details/calibanbyyellows00mackrich

Primary Characters (the ones with no doubling roles)
- Narrator
- Caliban
- Prospero
- Ariel
- Miranda

I love it, and if there's interest, I'll probably pitch it in a few days!
Sounds very interesting!

Thanks, Todd
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I've pitched it here!
Hello everyone,
I am currently somewhat MIA due to classes, but I will be back during breaks. I'll check up when I can, and I am slowly making my way through my DRs! Thank you for your patience.
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Post by Elizabby » March 21st, 2016, 5:27 am

dvimont wrote:Some tunes that I wrote for the songs in a few of Shakespeare's plays are now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN on the Internet Archive -- very suitable for use in LibriVox productions: https://archive.org/details/ShakespeareScores

Dan
Hey Dan, if you are getting up an LV "Shakespearean song" collection I'll participate! You launch the project and I'll be in it! We have a few other singers here, so once it is up and running I'm sure there will be more takers! :thumbs:

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Post by chocoholic » March 22nd, 2016, 5:54 am

dvimont wrote:Some tunes that I wrote for the songs in a few of Shakespeare's plays are now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN on the Internet Archive -- very suitable for use in LibriVox productions: https://archive.org/details/ShakespeareScores
Dan, what text source did you use for the lyrics?
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Post by dvimont » March 23rd, 2016, 5:38 am

chocoholic wrote:
dvimont wrote:Some tunes that I wrote for the songs in a few of Shakespeare's plays are now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN on the Internet Archive -- very suitable for use in LibriVox productions: https://archive.org/details/ShakespeareScores
Dan, what text source did you use for the lyrics?
I consulted a number of sources. (I got into that habit when doing the research for my recording of "On the Nature of Things".) Is there any particular Shakespeare source you'd prefer me to go with? (It's very easy to make amendments to the scores and repost to the Internet Archive. No problem to make a "corpse" into a "corse", or vice versa.)

Thanks,

Dan
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Post by dvimont » March 24th, 2016, 4:43 am

Removing redundant posting here -- PLEASE SEE NEXT POSTING FOR FULL QUOTED TEXT...
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