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Post by ToddHW » March 6th, 2020, 9:38 am

The Thebaid, or The Brothers at War by Jean Racine (1639 - 1699). Translated by Robert Bruce Boswell (1864 - 1933)

"The reign of Louis XIV. in France, like the age of Pericles at ancient Athens, was remarkable for literary excellence no less than for military achievements. Like Euripides, Racine confined himself almost exclusively to tragedy.... It was under Molière's friendly auspices that Racine's first published play, "La Thébaïde," was put upon the stage ... at the Palais Royale, Molière's own theater." The story, very much the opposite of a Moliere farce, describes the battle between the brothers Eteocles and Polynices, and being a proper tragedy does not end well for anyone.
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As we run out of Moliere plays, let us move across the strongly drawn dividing line in French/Classical theater that said comedy and tragedy must never co-mingle to the works of Racine. If your character survives the play it may only be by mistake...

Gender neutral, of course. Kitty will play Jocasta, the mother of the two princes that, er, don't get along very well with each other. She may take out her exasperation with them on you as your DPL, so don't mess up!
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      • Project Code: J50qkxuA
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Jean Racine) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Racine
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Post by Kitty » March 6th, 2020, 9:51 am

yay, you are launching Racine :9: getting this on my DPL list of course. And Jocasta !!!

Now let's all prepare to be very dramatic and gloomy. :lol: Oh and I think it won't be much of a spoiler to say that nobody survives this play (at least not the main characters)

Todd: do you know that you are playing my son AND grandson this time (it's all very complicated :mrgreen: ) I feel old now...

Sonia

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Post by ToddHW » March 6th, 2020, 9:58 am

Don't expect sparkling back-and-forth repartee here - there are long speeches and proclamations throughout. Classical statues come to life, as it were. Please try to fill your words with emotion, cuz there is very little action to round things out.

(On the plus side, the stage directions are almost non-existent - they basically just say who is on stage for each scene. Oh, and "He dies" or words to that effect every now and then....)

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Post by alanmapstone » March 6th, 2020, 10:07 am

Can I read Polynices?

Like Sonia I am a big fan of Racine. Great that you are doing this :clap:
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Post by Kitty » March 6th, 2020, 10:13 am

alanmapstone wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 10:07 am
Can I read Polynices?

Like Sonia I am a big fan of Racine. Great that you are doing this :clap:
thanks for the support with Racine, Alan :9: some people think me crazy that I like this :lol:

Although I must admit, the English translation doesn't do the original justice. He should have done the verses in rhyme. He doesn't reach the mastery of Racine.

And now I see both you and Todd are my sons (and grandsons) :shock:

Sonia

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Post by ToddHW » March 6th, 2020, 10:21 am

Yes, Mom. Whatever you say, Mom. (Unless you get in my way, Mom.)

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Post by alanmapstone » March 6th, 2020, 10:57 am

Kitty wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 10:13 am
alanmapstone wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 10:07 am
Like Sonia I am a big fan of Racine. Great that you are doing this :clap:
thanks for the support with Racine, Alan :9: some people think me crazy that I like this :lol:
Although I must admit, the English translation doesn't do the original justice. He should have done the verses in rhyme. He doesn't reach the mastery of Racine.
The problem with translating Racine is that he uses Alexandrines which have no proper equivalent in English verse. If translated into rhyming couplets it tends to sound comic rather than tragic, which is ok for Moliere but not Racine. English Tragic verse drama traditionally used blank verse iambic pentameter which I think is what the translator is trying to use here.
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Post by adrianstephens » March 6th, 2020, 11:53 am

My little feline friend suggests that Creon would suit my sensitive and compassionate nature.
I'm looking forward to this, full of roses and romance.
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Post by ToddHW » March 6th, 2020, 1:49 pm

Thank you.

Roses and Romance? Ha. More like Treachery and Deceit.

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Post by MichaelMaggs » March 6th, 2020, 3:52 pm

If you need somebody to read the almost non-existent stage directions I could do it. But only because the introduction contains the wonderful note that Racine “apologises for the wholesale slaughter of nearly all its characters”.

Just to give me something to do, would you like me to read the character names that appear as a sort of heading immediately after the title of each scene?

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Post by ToddHW » March 6th, 2020, 8:09 pm

MichaelMaggs wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 3:52 pm
If you need somebody to read the almost non-existent stage directions I could do it. But only because the introduction contains the wonderful note that Racine “apologises for the wholesale slaughter of nearly all its characters”.

Just to give me something to do, would you like me to read the character names that appear as a sort of heading immediately after the title of each scene?
Thank you, and yes, do read the character names for each scene. That has been the practice in the Moliere plays as well.

Todd

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Post by WiltedScribe » March 6th, 2020, 9:20 pm

I'll ask for a smaller role while I catch up with my older claims, so may I take Hemon?
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Post by adrianstephens » March 9th, 2020, 12:14 pm

Here you are:

Creon
Act 1 @ 3:48 https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/thebaid_creon_1_128kb.mp3
Act 3 @ 6:56 https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/thebaid_creon_3_128kb.mp3
Act 4 @ 1:30 https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/thebaid_creon_4_128kb.mp3
Act 5 @ 10:49 https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/thebaid_creon_5_128kb.mp3

I struggled to find his sensitive side. But I did manage it in Act III scene 4, where I really turned on the water-works.
I then discovered in the next act that this was exactly the outcome he wanted, so had to go back and turn off the water-works and re-record.
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Post by Kitty » March 10th, 2020, 1:13 am

adrianstephens wrote:
March 9th, 2020, 12:14 pm
I struggled to find his sensitive side. But I did manage it in Act III scene 4, where I really turned on the water-works.
I then discovered in the next act that this was exactly the outcome he wanted, so had to go back and turn off the water-works and re-record.
:lol: that's why I pays to read the whole thing first ;) no nasty surprises. Well you knew Creon would not be the gentle uncle and loving father to all the kiddies, right ? But he is quite a piece of scheming manipulator, I must admit.

And wow: I am in awe at your performance, Adrian. You really unleashed the tragedian in you. :clap: Creon had huge soliloquies which are not easy to pull, but you managed them all with exquisite expressiveness without drifting into over-doing it on the pathos. And you have a wonderful dying scene right at the end. Really enjoyed the performance.

And I'm happy to hear that the English blank verse does work well after all. The translator did a good job.

I only have a couple of notes for Act 1, the others are all PL ok

> for the voice credit, please always give the full description as in the MW: "Creon, their uncle, read by Adrian Stephens"

> at 0:31: (p. 12): "to make the conqueror seek ignoble flight" – I can only hear "noble" which is the exact opposite

Great job. Thank you so much, Adrian. I knew you'd be perfect in the villain's role. :mrgreen:

Sonia

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