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

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Post by leanneyauyau » January 14th, 2019, 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 » January 14th, 2019, 4:14 am

leanneyauyau wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 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 » January 14th, 2019, 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...)

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Post by Kitty » January 14th, 2019, 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.

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Post by ToddHW » January 14th, 2019, 11:06 am

Kitty wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 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.

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Post by NemoR » January 14th, 2019, 5:29 pm

Nemo

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Post by ToddHW » January 14th, 2019, 6:39 pm

Thank you.

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Post by Kitty » January 15th, 2019, 5:39 am

NemoR wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Sosia for PL: https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_sosia_3_128kb.mp3
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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Post by alanmapstone » January 18th, 2019, 10:31 am

Phidippus act 2

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_phidippus_2.mp3

As there are not yet any guidelines on proper names I have followed my own instincts.
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Post by bluechien » January 18th, 2019, 10:59 am

In case it's helpful to anyone, here's roughly how Google Latin translate would pronounce these: :hmm:

Myrrhina -- Mir-RHINE-uh
Syra -- SEE-ruh
Sostrata -- So -STRAHT-uh
Philotis -- Fee-LOTE-is
Parmeno -- Par-MEN-oh
Pamphilus -- Pam-FEE-lus (e.g. longish u, "loos")
Phidippus -- FEE-dee-pus (longish u)
Laches -- LACK-ess
Sosia -- SOZE-sia
Bacchis -- BACK-kiss or BACK-kees (longish e)
Scirtus -- SHEERT-tus (long u)
Philumena - Fee'-lu-MEN'-ah
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Post by Kitty » January 18th, 2019, 11:36 am

alanmapstone wrote:
January 18th, 2019, 10:31 am
Phidippus act 2
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/hecyra_phidippus_2.mp3
As there are not yet any guidelines on proper names I have followed my own instincts.
since we don't have any native speakers here anymore, your guess is as good as mine.

The second act for Phidippus is already a great start, totally PL ok. I think compared with Laches, Phidippus is the more indulgent and soft father. You bring that out quite well. :thumbs:

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Post by Kitty » January 18th, 2019, 11:37 am

bluechien wrote:
January 18th, 2019, 10:59 am
In case it's helpful to anyone, here's roughly how Google Latin translate would pronounce these: :hmm:
great research, Eva, thanks. Looking through the list, most of them I said the same way, but some I stressed on another syllable.

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Post by ToddHW » January 19th, 2019, 6:25 am

And pronouncing things differently is just fine. People then had different countries of origin and different accents too. People had different names and nicknames used by family, co-workers, lovers, strangers.

All I ask is that a given reader is consistent in their files.

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Post by alanmapstone » January 20th, 2019, 10:43 am

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Post by ToddHW » January 20th, 2019, 11:26 am

Thank you.

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