FULL[PLAY]Hecyra: The Mother-In-Law by Terence - thw

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Post by leanneyauyau » Yesterday, 2:52 am

Have a question about reading stage directions: do I change the wording to present tense? For example:

PAR. (at the door, speaking to SCIRTUS within.) If the old man should be asking for me, do you say that I have just gone to the harbor to inquire about the arrival of Pamphilus. Do you hear what I say, Scirtus? If he asks for me, then you are to say so; if he does not, why, say nothing at all; so that at another time I may be able to employ that excuse as a new one. (Comes forward, and looking around.)—But is it my dear Philotis that I see? How has she come here? (Accosting her.) Philotis heartily good-morrow.

Should I say:
Parmeno, at the door, speaking to Scirtus within
Parmeno COMES forward, and LOOKS around.
Parmeno ACCOSTS her.
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Post by Kitty » Yesterday, 4:14 am

leanneyauyau wrote:
Yesterday, 2:52 am
Have a question about reading stage directions: do I change the wording to present tense? For example:

PAR. (at the door, speaking to SCIRTUS within.) If the old man should be asking for me, do you say that I have just gone to the harbor to inquire about the arrival of Pamphilus. Do you hear what I say, Scirtus? If he asks for me, then you are to say so; if he does not, why, say nothing at all; so that at another time I may be able to employ that excuse as a new one. (Comes forward, and looking around.)—But is it my dear Philotis that I see? How has she come here? (Accosting her.) Philotis heartily good-morrow.

Should I say:
Parmeno, at the door, speaking to Scirtus within
Parmeno COMES forward, and LOOKS around.
Parmeno ACCOSTS her.
thanks for claiming the remaining stage directions, Leanne :9:

In this particular case, no change is necessary, simply read what is written there. We never repeat the name of the character when the stage directions are "inside" a speech because we know who is speaking then. Only say the name at the beginning of someone's speech, so like you said here: "Parmeno, at the door, speaking to Scirtus within" is correct because it's the beginning of his speech. Later on only: "Comes forward, and looking around" without the name, because he continues speaking after that

Thanks for asking :)

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Post by ToddHW » Yesterday, 5:53 am

Yesterday morning, here is me at my computer: "I wonder if anyone will really be interested in these really old plays by Terence. Well, since many of the plays in my signature line say (Full), maybe I better give it a try and post it since it is already prep'd."

And today, in less than 24 hours, the play is fully cast. Guess ya'all liked that choice; very gratified to see that.

But, grumble, my signature line has (Full) after the name of yet another play. So I guess I better think of another one to offer, eh?

(Ya'know, there are a couple open things in my signature line to look at while you wait...)

Thanks, Todd

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Post by Kitty » Yesterday, 10:46 am

Todd, here is Bacchis, the hooker with the heart of gold. Pamphilus really doesn't deserve a friend like that. I made the final scene a bit bitter-sweet because I had the impression, despite everything, she still has feelings for the guy.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_bacchis_4_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:01 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_bacchis_5_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 4:24 min.

Sonia

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Post by ToddHW » Yesterday, 11:06 am

Kitty wrote:
Yesterday, 10:46 am
Todd, here is Bacchis, the hooker with the heart of gold. Pamphilus really doesn't deserve a friend like that. I made the final scene a bit bitter-sweet because I had the impression, despite everything, she still has feelings for the guy.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_bacchis_4_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:01 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_bacchis_5_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 4:24 min.

Sonia
Wonderfully done. Both PL OK. And yes, you are a nice person in spite of the casting as a courtesan - the footnotes say that Terence put a Good Mother-in-Law and a good courtesan into the play very intentionally to play opposite to expectations.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by NemoR » Yesterday, 5:29 pm

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Post by Kitty » Today, 5:39 am

oh he's so full of exasperated despair :lol: it was funny in a way, even though the poor man surely is to pity. ;)

Well done Nemo, thanks. Absolutely PL ok.

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