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Post by SonOfTheExiles » February 29th, 2020, 6:53 pm

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Post by ToddHW » February 29th, 2020, 8:44 pm

Well, pardner, just might be a good idea.....

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » March 13th, 2020, 3:21 pm

Question: For the purposes of the seventy-years-since-date-of-death rule, does it have to be calculated to the day, or is simply the year sufficient?

I ask because Edna St Vincent Millay died 19 October, 1950, so her “Aria da Capo” play springs to mind for the one-act plays.


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Text: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5790/5790-h/5790-h.htm

Author: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_St._Vincent_Millay

Play Synopsis: http://www.ww1plays.com/2016/05/millays-aria-da-capo.html?m=1
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Post by annise » March 13th, 2020, 3:55 pm

It's like racehorses - only the 1st January in the next year - so for death plus 70 countries it will be 1/1/2021

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » March 13th, 2020, 7:27 pm

Has anyone considered some of the plays of Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929)...?

The Liars (Comedy)
Text: https://archive.org/details/liarsoriginalcom00jone/page/n6/mode/2up
Synopsis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liars_(play)

The Silver King (Melodrama)
Text: https://archive.org/details/silverkingdramai00jone/page/n6/mode/2up

The Case of Rebellious Susan (Comedy)
Text: https://archive.org/details/caseofrebellious00jone/page/n3/mode/2up

Michael and His Lost Angel
Text: https://archive.org/details/michaelhislostan00joneiala/page/n8/mode/2up

Saints and Sinners
Text: https://archive.org/details/saintssinnersnew00joneiala/page/n7/mode/2up

There are a considerable number of other plays by this author: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Jones%2C+Henry+Arthur%2C+1851-1929%22&page=2


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Post by SonOfTheExiles » March 13th, 2020, 7:48 pm

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Harold Chapin (1886-1915)

Text: https://archive.org/details/comediesofharold00chaprich/page/n8/mode/2up

Including:
The New Morality (Synopsis: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/archive/archive_newmorality.htm)
Art and Opportunity
Elaine
The Marriage of Columbine


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Post by ToddHW » March 13th, 2020, 7:56 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
March 13th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Has anyone considered some of the plays of Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929)...?

The Liars (Comedy)
Text: https://archive.org/details/liarsoriginalcom00jone/page/n6/mode/2up
Synopsis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liars_(play)

The Silver King (Melodrama)
Text: https://archive.org/details/silverkingdramai00jone/page/n6/mode/2up

The Case of Rebellious Susan (Comedy)
Text: https://archive.org/details/caseofrebellious00jone/page/n3/mode/2up

Michael and His Lost Angel
Text: https://archive.org/details/michaelhislostan00joneiala/page/n8/mode/2up

Saints and Sinners
Text: https://archive.org/details/saintssinnersnew00joneiala/page/n7/mode/2up

There are a considerable number of other plays by this author: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Jones%2C+Henry+Arthur%2C+1851-1929%22&page=2


Cheers,
Chris
Hmmm. Wikipedia certainly does not like him....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Arthur_Jones

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Post by KevinS » March 14th, 2020, 12:08 pm

I know it's not to everyone's taste, but we might read the librettos of famous operas for our listeners. There is a series of them in English translation.

For example, here is Aïda:

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t15m66g8q&view=1up&seq=3

It just seems that these belong in the catalog.

Yes, yes, it's libretti, but I don't want to scare anyone.

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Post by ToddHW » March 14th, 2020, 1:49 pm

We have done some. For example Boheme. A number of Gilbert and SUllivan's if your definition of opera is broad enough. Or Madame Butterfly where we have the original stage version before it was even made into an opera.

Plenty more to go though!

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Post by alanmapstone » March 14th, 2020, 2:03 pm

For the opera libretto projects we would need to find someone keen enough on opera to BC and edit them. The editing can be particularly difficult if the opera has a lot of chorus.

Sadly Beth Thomas, who ran several of the opera projects that I read for, passed away recently and I don't think there is anyone around just now prepared to take these on.
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Post by KevinS » March 19th, 2020, 4:58 pm

Todd and alan, thanks very much for the comments. Perhaps when I feel better I'll take one on as a BC and editor. It is a lot of work, I know, but it would be a pleasure.

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Post by alanmapstone » March 20th, 2020, 1:39 am

KevinS wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Todd and alan, thanks very much for the comments. Perhaps when I feel better I'll take one on as a BC and editor. It is a lot of work, I know, but it would be a pleasure.
If you want to try BCing a drama work a good place to start is by doing a short 1 act play in the current collection. This will be much less work than a full play but will give you an idea of what is involved. You would also get some assistance from Todd who oversees the collection.
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Post by OliverBoliver » March 20th, 2020, 8:11 am

I am currently a Librivox reader (finishing my first solo project now). My daughter and her classmates are all graduating with theater/musical theater degrees in a few months and facing the reality that there are no jobs out there for them right now. They just completed an online audition process for a fake production just for fun. Seeing that they have the time and talent, I suggested that they try recording a dramatic work, which has met with some enthusiasm. I don't want to start an official project here because I am not sure how this will turn out and I don't want to waste the time of BC/PL volunteers. These students may need to record on cell phones or other inadequate devices. My/our editing skills may not be up to the challenge. I just want to focus their energy toward this and see what results. If it turns out to be good, we could explore contributing to the Librivox catalog. Can anyone suggest a good way to proceed? Should we just pick a work and go, as this is unofficial? Is there value in selecting something that has never been recorded, just in case it's wonderful? Any advice would be welcomed.
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Post by ToddHW » March 20th, 2020, 8:59 am

We do have a number of projects underway with a couple open slots each; people could join those. I could start something new - perhaps another One Act Play collection when the current one is filled up; for that I provide all the MW work so readers don't have to do that, though I'd need help with the PL'ing of parts and editing stuff together.

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Post by KevinS » March 20th, 2020, 9:15 am

OliverBoliver wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 8:11 am
Any advice would be welcomed.
I think it's a wonderful idea!

Putting aside my excitement and enthusiasm, however, one practical point comes to mind. Is your daughter and her friends willing and able to edit their own individual recordings? That makes things much easier and certainly more in keeping with LibriVox custom. Given this, I don't think it would be difficult to find a BC or other volunteer to do the final editing and piecing together.

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