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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2018, 6:01 am

alanmapstone wrote:
December 26th, 2018, 4:40 am
ToddHW wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 7:42 pm
bluechien wrote:
September 27th, 2018, 5:27 pm

I read Mother-in-Law and it was so Moliere! Or, I guess, vice-versa? Amazing find!
I have prep'd this play and will offer it right after New Year's Day.
Well done Todd. You keep supplying us with plays to work on.
If this is supposed to be a comedy it is a bit odd as the story seems to include a rape.
Happy New Year
Sadly, early cultures as reflected in their plays did not take woman's rights as we do now - there was a rape attempt in The Twin Rivals earlier this year that drove part of the plot. Doing these plays, hearing these plays ought to help us and our listeners realize how we have improved our sensitivity over the years, and perhaps how much further we may need to go.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2018, 6:09 am

Interesting list - great titles.

Good material for future one-act collections as they are offered. Or perhaps it would be possible to make a project that was a collection of one act plays by Planche, or another by Selby, or another by Stirling, etc. We did a couple of collections like that earlier.

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Post by ToddHW » December 29th, 2018, 5:03 pm

To finish off 2018, howsabout A Little Bit of Fluff?
viewtopic.php?p=1537754#p1537754

This is not-PD outside US. I need a DPL, please.

Thanks, Todd

Note: I am also prep'ing a buncha new plays to start as soon my current ones finish shortly.

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Post by ToddHW » December 29th, 2018, 5:50 pm

Here is my early 2019 plan for plays:

Two new Pinero plays - The Benefit of the Doubt and The Big Drum
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56151
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25984

Two new Moliere plays - George Dandin and Magnificent Lovers
https://archive.org/stream/dramaticworksofm04moliiala#page/220/mode/2up
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7067

A play by Terence mentioned in the Play Suggestions as similar to Moliere - Hecyra (Mother-In-Law)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/22188

Another Ben Jonson - howsabout Every Man OUT of His Humour to follow the current Every Man IN His Humour
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3695

Another Steele - The Lying Lover
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55922

An Australian play - Mrs Pretty and the Premier
https://ia802701.us.archive.org/31/items/threeplaysforaus00adamiala/threeplaysforaus00adamiala.pdf

And most certainly more as the year goes on....

Thanks, Todd

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Post by WiltedScribe » December 29th, 2018, 9:42 pm

Looks to be an exciting start! :) I wonder if there are any plays from 1923 that will enter the public domain in a few days? We should think of doing at least one next year, if there are some options available.
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Post by mightyfelix » December 29th, 2018, 10:52 pm

WiltedScribe wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Looks to be an exciting start! :) I wonder if there are any plays from 1923 that will enter the public domain in a few days? We should think of doing at least one next year, if there are some options available.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chip_Woman's_Fortune

EDIT:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1923_plays

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » December 30th, 2018, 1:13 am

Bandicooting around in archive.org yielded the following 1923 plays. I can't speak as to their merits, but the dates match.

Dr Johnson -: https://archive.org/details/docjohnson00newtrich
Crossings: A Fairy Play -: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.3298/page/n5
Abraham Lincoln, A Play -: https://archive.org/details/abrahamlincolnpl1923drin/page/n7
Robert E. Lee, A Play -: https://archive.org/details/roberteleeaplay00drinmiss
Judas Iscariot, A Play in Four Acts -: https://archive.org/details/judasiscariotpla00thuruoft/page/n3
Deborah, A Play in Three Acts -: https://archive.org/details/deborahplayinthr00aberuoft/page/n5
The Secret Life -: https://archive.org/details/secretlifeplayin00granuoft/page/n7
Right You Are (If You Think So) & Six Characters In Search Of An Author -: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.95095/page/n7
They Knew What They Wanted -: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.462881


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Post by Elizabby » December 30th, 2018, 1:16 am

I plan to launch "Saint Joan" early in the new year!

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Post by RobMarland » December 30th, 2018, 2:44 am

A powerful list, Todd, and great suggestions, all!

I’ll post another city comedy by Nathan Field, A Woman is a Weathercock, once Amends for Ladies is done.
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41930?msg=welcome_stranger#A_WOMAN_IS_A_WEATHERCOCK
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Post by alanmapstone » December 30th, 2018, 11:34 am

Great to see so many people launching new plays. Good news for those of us who like to be in them. Thank you all.

Unfortunately GBS's St Joan will not be PD in UK.

Has anyone considered Moliere's Don Juan?
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Post by TriciaG » January 1st, 2019, 9:39 am

Suggestion off Twitter:

The Best Plays (1922-1923, copyright 1923)
https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475

I see there are play versions of R.U.R. and Merton of the Movies, both of which we have the original story in the catalog. I didn't dig beyond that.

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Post by ToddHW » January 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm

TriciaG wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 9:39 am
Suggestion off Twitter:

The Best Plays (1922-1923, copyright 1923)
https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475

I see there are play versions of R.U.R. and Merton of the Movies, both of which we have the original story in the catalog. I didn't dig beyond that.
The "Best Plays" are abbreviated in this book - some good scenes are given verbatim but surrounded by editor-written narration filler. If we can find the full plays they would be preferable.

(We actually have the full play version of R.U.R. in the catalog already.)

Thanks, Todd

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Post by mightyfelix » January 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm

ToddHW wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
TriciaG wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 9:39 am
Suggestion off Twitter:

The Best Plays (1922-1923, copyright 1923)
https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475

I see there are play versions of R.U.R. and Merton of the Movies, both of which we have the original story in the catalog. I didn't dig beyond that.
The "Best Plays" are abbreviated in this book - some good scenes are given verbatim but surrounded by editor-written narration filler. If we can find the full plays they would be preferable.

(We actually have the full play version of R.U.R. in the catalog already.)

Thanks, Todd
You know, it might actually be worthwhile to do this book as a whole. It would be like a book/DR mashup. We could do the drama bits similarly to how we do, say, the one act play collections, and then get other readers for the narration parts.

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Post by ChuckW » January 2nd, 2019, 7:25 am

TriciaG wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 9:39 am
Suggestion off Twitter:

The Best Plays (1922-1923, copyright 1923)
https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475

I see there are play versions of R.U.R. and Merton of the Movies, both of which we have the original story in the catalog. I didn't dig beyond that.
Oh jeez. I'm currently trying to get everything ready for a long LV hiatus, but I've been wanting to do Merton of the Movies for ages. If we can find an unabridged version, I might have to reconsider leaving for a spell.
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Post by mightyfelix » January 2nd, 2019, 9:20 am

ChuckW wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 7:25 am
TriciaG wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 9:39 am
Suggestion off Twitter:

The Best Plays (1922-1923, copyright 1923)
https://archive.org/details/cu31924107204475

I see there are play versions of R.U.R. and Merton of the Movies, both of which we have the original story in the catalog. I didn't dig beyond that.
Oh jeez. I'm currently trying to get everything ready for a long LV hiatus, but I've been wanting to do Merton of the Movies for ages. If we can find an unabridged version, I might have to reconsider leaving for a spell.
Something always draws us back, doesn't it? :lol:

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