(To be adjusted:) Here, in our 13th collection, are 10 One Act Plays for your enjoyment. They range from ... and many other 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., XYZ died in ABC respectively and their plays may not yet be in the Public Domain in some countries. (ToddHW)
- This collection will be limited to 10 plays. Once we have 10 this will be closed to further additions.
This collection is now closed to more plays.
Please see the 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) The Lover by Gregorio Martinez Sierra (1881-1947), Translated by John Garrett Underhill (1876-1946) (BC for this play is ToddHW)
Publication Date: 1922
Author Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorio_Mart%C3%ADnez_Sierra
Gender Neutral Casting
2. (DONE) England's Easter by George Logan (?? -??, but wrote in 1890s or earlier) (BC for this play is Salvationist)
(PD text link: https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/index.php/about-us/international-heritage-centre/international-heritage-centre-resources/digital-collections/darkest-england-gazette - This link is to a page containing downloadable PDFs of a variety of issues and portions of issues of The Darkest England Gazette. The PDF for this play is the third listed under the "Poetry and songs" heading.)
Direct link now at Archive: https://archive.org/details/englands-easter
Publication date: March 24, 1894
Gender specific casting
3. (DONE) “The Bloomer Costume; or The Figure of Fun” by Edward Stirling (BC for this play is ktaylor07)
PD text link: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.aa0010535268&view=2up&seq=84
Original publication date: 1851
Link to author - Edward Stirling (1809-1894): http://www.victorianweb.org/mt/adaptations/stirling.html
4. (DONE) "Short and Sweet" by Adolphus Charles Troughton (BC for this play is jennlea)
PD Text Link: https://archive.org/details/TroughtonShortSweet
*Note* There is a copy at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/52661 which might be easier to read.
However, there is a mistake in Mr. Sweet's line in the Gutenberg copy (pg 5). It reads "Why, my dear Mrs. Sweet, you heart the whole thing canvassed this morning between me and Mrs. Short, and you never made the smallest objection." (heart should be heard). The correct line can be seen on page 5 of the archive.org copy.
Original Publication Date: 1861
5. (DONE) "Hester's Mystery" by Arthur Wing Pinero (BC for this play is toddhw)
PD Text Link: https://archive.org/details/hestersmysteryco00pinerich/page/n4/mode/2up
Original Performance Date: 1890
Gender Neutral Casting
6. (DONE) "Sweet and Twenty" by Floyd Dell (1887 - 1969) (BC for this play is MManolakes)
While this play is PD in the US, Dell died in 1969 and so this play is not PD for readers in Europe and/or Australia, and other countries which observe copyright of author's death +70 years.
Text link: https://archive.org/details/sweettwentycomed00dellrich/page/n1/mode/2up
Link to author Floyd Dell (1887 - 1969): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Dell
7. (DONE) Heirs of Slavery: A Little Drama of Today by Katherine D. Tillman (1870 - 1923) (BC for play is Availle)
text link: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=emu.010002585824&view=1up&seq=4
main book page on hathi: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100647973
Link to author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_D._Tillman
Gender specific casting; please read full description of character on the first page of the play for your voice credit
8. (FULL) In 1999; a problem play of the future by William Churchill De Mille (1878-1955) (BC for the play is Ambsweet13
PD text link https://archive.org/details/in1999problempla00demi/page/4/mode/2up
Link to author on Wikipedia, and death date, if known https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_C._deMille 1955
Link to title on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_1999
9. (DONE) Retained for the Defence by John Oxenford. (BC for this play is TriciaG)
10. (DONE) Lady Geraldine's Speech by Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936). (BC for this play is mightyfelix)
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: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36984
The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16435
Washington Square Plays: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3068
Comtemporary One Act Plays http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37970
Voces Populi by F Anstey http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37597
King Arthur's Socks and Other Plays by Floyd Dell http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6587 Not PD for Europe/Australia
Project Gutenberg also has a list of many authors who have written one-act plays: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/One_Act_Plays_(Bookshelf)
Readers: to find a section to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are “up for grabs.” Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you’d like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
Please note: All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. When you submit your recording, you will be placing your recording in the public domain as well.
Is there a deadline?
We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it'll go back to the pool. There's no shame in this; we're all volunteers and things happen. Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.
If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.
Prospective Prooflisteners: Please read the Listeners Wanted FAQ before listening! Level of prooflistening requested: standard
Please don't download or listen to files belonging to projects in process (unless you are the BC or PL). Our servers are not set up to handle the greater volume of traffic. Please wait until the project has been completed. Thanks!
This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
- Project Code: 40fAF7cv
- 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: 60
- 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
- BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: viewtopic.php?p=6430#p6430
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
Submit one file per play role.
- Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
[Role], read by [your name].
If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:[Play Name], by [Play Author]. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.
At the end:
End of [name of play] by [author]
Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording
Save files as 128 kbps MP3
For individual roles, use file name:
titleinoneword_charactername_aurthorsurname.mp3 (all lower-case)
For final edited plays, use file name
oneactplays014_[play ##]_various_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case).
Transfer of files (completed recordings) Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file. Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
- You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: toddhw
- When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
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