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Post by ToddHW » January 19th, 2020, 9:34 am

Just launched a Gilbert (real Gilbert - written without Sullivan): Broken Hearts

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Post by mightyfelix » January 24th, 2020, 12:47 pm

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing 1729-1781
https://archive.org/details/dramaticworksofg00less/

Damon, Or True Friendship: comedy, one act, three male, two female
The Young Scholar: comedy, three acts, four male, two female
The Old Maid: comedy, three acts, eight male, three female
The Woman-Hater: comedy, three acts, four male, three female
The Jews: comedy, one act, five male, two female
The Freethinker: comedy, five acts, seven male, four female
The Treasure: comedy, one act, eight roles, all male (as far as I can tell without reading it)
Minna Von Barnhelm (or, The Soldier's Fortune): comedy, five acts, seven male, three female

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Post by ToddHW » January 24th, 2020, 1:26 pm

We have several openings in the current One Act Collection if you want to do either of the two one acts in your list there.

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Post by mightyfelix » January 24th, 2020, 1:43 pm

I enjoy running one acts, but I have too many other projects currently to take one on. Still, I know that they are here when I do have an opening in the future. Thanks!

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Post by k5hsj » February 21st, 2020, 12:14 pm

Although Librivox has multiple versions of W. W. Jacobs’ classic horror short story (including a dramatic reading), we don’t have this one-act play version from 1910:

The monkey's paw, a story in three scenes, by W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943); dramatised by Louis Napoleon Parker (1852-1944)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000449778

Any takers, drama buffs?

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Post by ToddHW » February 21st, 2020, 3:41 pm

Would you like to run it in the on-going one-act play collection?

Or, may I?

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Post by k5hsj » February 21st, 2020, 8:28 pm

Please, Todd. I found it by accident. Thought you folks might be interested. :D

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Post by Timothy Ferguson » February 21st, 2020, 10:56 pm

There's a one act play by Lord Dunsany called "Fame and the Poet". I'd like someone to record. Basically it has three characters (an artist, a crude goddess of fame and the artist's friend who is there so he's not soliloquising) I'd take the friend. There's also a crowd.

Basically the joke is that the poet wants Fame, but instead he gets the sort of shallow fame where people don't care about his work, they care about the trivialities of his life (like his favourite colour and if he likes sausages). Fame is coarse and once you have her, you can't get rid of her.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19393/19393-h/19393-h.htm#FAME_AND_THE_POET
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Post by mightyfelix » February 21st, 2020, 11:40 pm

Timothy Ferguson wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 10:56 pm
There's a one act play by Lord Dunsany called "Fame and the Poet". I'd like someone to record. Basically it has three characters (an artist, a crude goddess of fame and the artist's friend who is there so he's not soliloquising) I'd take the friend. There's also a crowd.

Basically the joke is that the poet wants Fame, but instead he gets the sort of shallow fame where people don't care about his work, they care about the trivialities of his life (like his favourite colour and if he likes sausages). Fame is coarse and once you have her, you can't get rid of her.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19393/19393-h/19393-h.htm#FAME_AND_THE_POET
I remember scanning through the script the last time you suggested this play. It looks like fun.

Would you like to coordinate it yourself? Basically you'd just post in the one act play collection, pretty much how you did just now, with the title, author, link to the text, and cast list. You'd be responsible for PLing the parts as they come in, or finding someone to PL. And then editing the parts together, or finding an editor. You'd also be responsible for checking in with your readers from time to time. That's the best way to make sure this gets to the catalogue. And if you're nervous about coordinating, I think you'll find lots of support from others in the one act collection thread.

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » February 23rd, 2020, 12:57 am

Peg O' My Heart, by J. Hartley Manners

Here is a play that was later made into a movie in 1933. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024433/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_4

I believe the play also inspired a song of the same name that was popular in its day.

https://archive.org/details/pegomyheart00mannrich/page/n3/mode/2up

Plus it looks like it's PD for everyone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Hartley_Manners


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Post by ToddHW » February 23rd, 2020, 5:56 am

Interesting. I will add it to my list... and be very pleased if someone else does it first!

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » February 23rd, 2020, 4:06 pm

Civilian Clothes, by Thompson Buchanan (1877-1937)

Here's another play that was made into a film in the old days. Here's the film poster: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/Civilian_Clothes_%281920%29_-_1.jpg

The Wikipedia synopsis of the plot: "As described in a film magazine, Florence Lanham (Mansfield), married in France while a Salvation Army worker to Captain Sam McGinnis (Meighan), returns to society life in America after receiving word that he was killed in battle. She keeps news of her wedding secret and permits the attentions of Billy Arkwright (Hickman), an early lover. When McGinnis suddenly appears on the scene, clothed in startlingly bold habiliments, the Lanham stubbornness asserts itself. To impart upon her his own gospel of democracy, McGinnis obtains the place of a discharged butler in the Lanham household. With the help of a former Colonel and a lively young widow, he succeeds in his plan to teach her a lesson about her snobbishness, completely conquering and humbling the young wife, who finds that, after all, the clothes make little difference to the depth of real love."

https://archive.org/details/civilianclothesc00buch/page/n7/mode/2up


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Post by ToddHW » February 23rd, 2020, 6:58 pm

Ah, yet another one that looks good.

To keep some faint amount of control over my Librivox addiction, I try to limit myself to 50 projects a year - one a week and two weeks vacation a year. However, I am nearly at that limit while my next Librivoxiversary is still over 6 months away. So I fear I might not be able to add these two plays to my queue for a while.

Or perhaps I will throw all caution to the winds and feed my affliction, murmuring promises that I will thus be able to do less next year. Ha!

Tempting, oh so tempting....

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Post by mightyfelix » February 23rd, 2020, 9:01 pm

Yes, this last one does look incredibly good. I'm tempted to take it on myself. And my other projects are very docilely not moving at all at the moment, leading me on to believe that I have plenty of time for one more. But I can't help suspecting that if I give in and start "just one more," they'll all begin to move in tandem and bury me under their collective weight like an inexorable mudslide.. :? :hmm:

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Post by AdamBielka » February 26th, 2020, 1:38 pm

k5hsj wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 12:14 pm
Although Librivox has multiple versions of W. W. Jacobs’ classic horror short story (including a dramatic reading), we don’t have this one-act play version from 1910:

The monkey's paw, a story in three scenes, by W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943); dramatised by Louis Napoleon Parker (1852-1944)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000449778

Any takers, drama buffs?

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