Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays and is thought to be the most famous love story in Western history. It concerns the fate of two very young lovers who would do anything to be together. The Montagues and the Capulets of Verona, Italy, are in the midst of a long-standing feud when Romeo Montague drops in on a masquerade party at the Capulets’. While there he meets and woos the daughter of the house, Juliet. She likewise returns his passion, and their secret meeting later that night on her bedroom balcony begins a series of tragic events that no one could have foretold. (Summary by Becky Crackel)

5 episodes


Hamlet is commonly regarded as one of the greatest plays ever written. Drawing on Danish chronicles and the Elizabethan vogue for revenge tragedy, Shakespeare created a play that is at once a philosophic treatise, a family drama, and a supernatural thriller. In the wake of his father's death, Prince Hamlet finds that his Uncle Claudius has swiftly taken the throne and married his mother, Queen Gertrude. The ghost of the dead king then appears and charges Claudius with 'murder most foul.' Hamlet is called to revenge his father's death: but will he be able to act before it is too late? Cast: Claudius, King of Denmark - Michael Sirois Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, and Mother of Hamlet - Elizabeth Klett Ghost Of Hamlet, the Late King of Denmark - dolohov Hamlet, Son to the former, and Nephew to the present King - John Gonzalez Polonius, Lord Chamberlain - Andy Minter Laertes, Son to Polonius - Denny Sayers Ophelia, Daughter to Polonius - Kristin Hughes Reynaldo, Servant to Polonius - Thomas Wells Horatio, Friend to Hamlet - David Nicol Rosencrantz, Courtier - Kara Shallenberg Guildenstern, Courtier - Karen Savage Francisco, a Soldier - Andrew Lebrun Bernardo, Officer - David O’Connell Marcellus, Officer - Jordan Mueller Voltimand, Courtier - Thomas Wells Osric, Courtier - allex A Gentleman, Courtier - David Jaquay Another Gentleman - mb Clown One, Grave-digger - Brennan Holtzclaw Clown Two, Grave-digger - Christie Nowak A Priest - Kevin O’Coin Fortinbras, Prince of Norway - mb A Captain & his Army - Andrew Lebrun English Ambassador - Andrew Lebrun First Player - Rosalind Wills Player King - Denny Sayers Player Queen - Kirsten Ferreri Player Lucianus - allex Group Of Danes - David O'Connell Lord - LaurenT Servant - Christie Nowak Stage Direction - Rosalind Wills Editors - mb & Jc Guan Dedicated Proof-Listeners - Elizabeth Klett & mb Book Coordinators - J.C., Scott Sherris, Jc Guan, Elizabeth Klett & mb

6 episodes

The Phantom of the Opera

An old theatre under new management; a diva who thinks she can sing; a young ingenue who really can; a masked man who wreaks havoc if he doesn't get his own way. Secrets, intrigues, falling chandeliers! The Phantom of the Opera is here! (Summary by Karen Savage)

28 episodes

The Oresteia

The Oresteia is a trilogy by Aeschylus, one of the foremost playwrights of ancient Greece. It encompasses three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Furies. It tells the tragic tale of the House of Atreus, whose inhabitants have been cursed and are doomed to play out their bloody, vengeful destinies. At the beginning of the first part, the Trojan War has ended and the Greek general, Agamemnon, is returning victorious to his wife Clytemnestra. Yet she finds it difficult to forgive his sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, who was killed to ensure the Greek fleet fair winds in their voyage to Troy. Her desire for vengeance, and its dire consequences, instigates the action of these poetic tragedies. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast: AGAMEMNON, king of Mycenae - StephenC AEGISTHUS, cousin to Agamemnon - mb ORESTES, son of Agamemnon - David O’Connell CLYTEMNESTRA, wife of Agamemnon - Christie Nowak CASSANDRA, a Trojan princess - Kristin Hughes ELECTRA, sister of Orestes - Claire Goget APOLLO, god of the Delphic oracle - Andrew Lebrun ATHENA, goddess of wisdom - Catharine Eastman PYTHIA, a priestess of Apollo - Kirsten Ferreri A WATCHMAN at Mycenae - Joe Earley A HERALD from Troy - tipaew NURSE to Orestes and Electra - Elizabeth Klett ATTENDANT of Aegisthus - Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit ATTENDANT WOMAN of Athena - Jennifer Stearns NARRATOR - Justin Barrett CHORUS in Agamemnon - Andy Minter CHORUS in The Libation-Bearers - Jc Guan CHORUS in The Furies - Kara Shallenberg, Rosalind Wills, and Christie Nowak PYLADES - Annoying Twit Book Coordinators: Kirsten Ferreri, Sarah Jennings, Elizabeth Klett, and David Lawrence

7 episodes

One-Act Play Collection 001

Librivox’s One-Act Play Collection 001 includes one-act plays in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members.

6 episodes

Leonce und Lena

Das 1895 uraufgeführte Lustspiel Leonce und Lena von Georg Büchner setzt sich an Hand der Liebesgeschichte der Königskinder Leonce und Lena sartirisch mit Sinn und Rolle des Einzelnen im gesellschaftlichen Gefüge auseinander. Sowohl dem gelangweilten, sinnsuchenden Prinz Leonce, als auch der depressiv, erduldenden Prinzessin Lena, ist die zwischen ihnen arrangierte Hochzeit unerträglich. Unabhängig von einander fliehen sie nach Italien und stellen bei einem zufälligen Treffen, ohne Kenntnis der jeweils anderen Identität, fest, dass sie füreinander bestimmt sind. Als Automaten verkleidet lassen sie sich schlieβlich an Stelle des vermeintlich abwesenden Brautpaars bei Leonce und Lenas Hochzeitsfeierlichkeiten trauen und erkennen erst hinterher die schicksalhafte Fügung. (Zusammenfassung von Franziska) Die Rollen wurden gelesen von: König Peter vom Reiche Popo – Karsten Roeseler Prinz Leonce vom Reiche Popo – Carsten Thiel Prinzessin Lena vom Reiche Pipi – Franziska Glaβmeier Valerio – Lars Kasper Die Gouvernante – Kirstin Strokorb Der Hofmeister – Jakob Bierwagen Der Ceremonienmeister – Sabrina Kombrink Der Präsident des Staatsraths – Jakob Bierwagen Der Hofprediger – Sabrina Kombrink Der Landrath – Thorsten Trieschmann Der Schulmeister – Andre Schlipp Rosetta – Sabrina Kombrink Erster Kammerdiener – Thorsten Trieschmann Zweiter Kammerdiener – Andre Schlipp Erster Bedienter – Anne Tomczak Zweiter Bedienter – Christiane Strokorb Regieanweisungen – Daniel Rettstadt

3 episodes

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 01

William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) remains widely to be considered the single greatest playwright of all time. He wrote in such a variety of genres - tragedy, comedy, romance, &c - that there is always at least one monologue in each of his plays. Some of these teach a lesson, some simply characterize Shakespeare at his best, some are funny, some sad, but all are very moving. Each monologue will touch everybody differently. Some people will be so moved by a particular monologue that they will want to record it. So here are the first fifteen monologues. (Summary by Shurtagal). A pdf file of of the monologues in this collection is available here

15 episodes

Miss Civilization

Miss Civilization, a one act comedy, tells the story of a young woman who matches wits with three burglars attempting to rob her house. This recording was made in Chicago at the LibriVox World Gathering in May 2007. Cast: Kristin Hughes Betsie Bush Julian Jamison

1 episodes

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 04

LibriVox readers present the fourth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) remains widely to be considered the single greatest playwright of all time. He wrote in such a variety of genres - tragedy, comedy, romance, &c - that there is always at least one monologue in each of his plays. Some of these teach a lesson, some simply characterize Shakespeare at his best, some are funny, some sad, but all are very moving. Each monologue will touch everybody differently. Some people will be so moved by a particular monologue that they will want to record it. (summary by Shurtagal)

20 episodes

King Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V. The play picks up where Henry IV, Part 1 left off. Its focus is on Prince Hal's journey toward kingship and his ultimate rejection of Falstaff. (Summary from Wikipedia) Characters: Rumour the Presenter and Lady Percy: Cecelia Prior King Henry IV: Mark F. Smith Henry, Prince of Wales, afterwards King Henry V: Max Porter Zasada Prince John of Lancaster: Brian Edwards Prince Humphrey of Gloucester: Simon Larois Thomas, Duke of Clarence: Aleithia Earl of Northumberland: Lisa Wilson Scroop, Archbishop of York: Vin Reilly Lord Mowbray: Ellis Christoff Lord Hastings: hefyd Lord Bardolph: David Leeson Sir John Colville, Silence, Second Drawer, and Porter: Silence Travers, Shadow, and Bullcalf: Daniel Hutton Morton and Shallow: David Nicol Earl of Warwick: Aaron Elliott & mb Earl of Westmoreland: Larysa Jaworski Gower: Miriam Esther Goldman Harcourt: Jennifer Stearns Lord Chief Justice and First Groom: Lars Rolander Bardolph and Servant: David Lawrence Sir John Falstaff: John Lieder Edward Poins: Bellona Times Pistol: Lorelle Anderson Peto: Matthew Ward Page and Dancer (Epilogue): Laurie Anne Walden Davy, Mouldy, and Fang: Fr. Richard Zeile Snare: Anna Simon Thomas Wart: Lucy Perry Francis Feeble: Cori Samuel Francis, a drawer; Second and Third Grooms: Barry Eads Lady Northumberland: BrianaBird Hostess Quickly: Rosalind Wills Doll Tearsheet: Philippa First Beadle: Elli Third Drawer and Messenger: Neeru Iyer Stage Directions: Kalynda Audio edited by David Lawrence

6 episodes

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 07

LibriVox readers present the seventh collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) remains widely to be considered the single greatest playwright of all time. He wrote in such a variety of genres - tragedy, comedy, romance, &c - that there is always at least one monologue in each of his plays. Some of these teach a lesson, some simply characterize Shakespeare at his best, some are funny, some sad, but all are very moving. Each monologue will touch everybody differently. Some people will be so moved by a particular monologue that they will want to record it. (summary by Shurtagal)

20 episodes

Oedipus Rex (Storr Translation)

Oedipus the King (often known by the Latin title Oedipus Rex) is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BC. It was the second of Sophocles's three Theban plays to be produced, but it comes first in the internal chronology, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Over the centuries, it has come to be regarded by many as the Greek tragedy par excellence. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast: Oedipus: Andy Minter Priest of Zeus: Hannah Dowell Creon: Fr. Richard Zeile Teiresias: BrianaTheBard Jocasta: Leni Messenger: Carolyn Francis Second Messenger: pipsoul Herd of Laius: hefyd Chorus: Musicalheart1 Narrator: Elizabeth Klett Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

2 episodes

The Seagull

The Seagull (Russian: Чайка, Chayka) is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major plays by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. The play was written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingenue Nina, the fading leading lady Irina Arkadina, her son the experimental playwright Konstantin Treplyov, and the famous middlebrow story writer Trigorin. (Wikipedia) Cast: Irina Arkadina, an actress: Ruth Golding Constantine Treplieff, her son: mb Peter Sorin, her brother: Glenn Simonsen Nina Zarietchnaya, a young girl, the daughter of a rich landowner: Jc Guan Ilia Shamraeff, the manager of Sorin's estate: John Eddings Paulina, his wife: TriciaG Masha, their daughter: Philippa Boris Trigorin, an author: Derrick George Eugene Dorn, a doctor: Robert Steiner Simon Medviedenko, a schoolmaster: Ernst Pattynama Jacob, a workman: David Muncaster A cook: Laurie Anne Walden Stage Directions: Hannah Dowell Audio edited by mb

5 episodes


If you are expecting glass slippers and pumpkin coaches, look elsewhere... This is "a pantomime as Ibsen would have written it, if only it had occurred to him to write one." Set on a "bleak and cheerless heath overlooking the fjord" we meet Ibsenesque heroine Mrs. Inquest, her step-daughter Hilda, and her daughter Hedda, who is engaged to be married to the unfortunate Tesman. Thus begins Calderon's hilarious Ibsenesque version of Cinderella. NOTE from the editor of the volume, published in 1922 after Calderon's death: This play is hardly more than a rough draft, written when the idea was fresh and put aside to be worked on when the right moment should come. Unhappily it never came; but even in its present form the play has seemed too characteristic of its author to be lost, and it is therefore printed as it stands. Devotees of Ibsen will recognise many names and references, but may not appreciate Calderon's irreverent parody of the master's work. People who know but do not like Ibsen may well find it very funny. (Summary by Ruth Golding) Cast list Mrs. Inquest: Ruth GoldingHedda, her daughter, a distinguished fashionable person: TriciaGHilda, her stepdaughter: Helen TaylorMadam Helseth, her servant: Xe SandsAunt Judy, her sister: Maria KasperMopsyman, Aunt Judy's dog: Clara SnyderStockfish: mbTesman, his son (Acts I and II): David BarnesTesman (Act III): Ian KingA Demon: icyjumboA Fairy: Lucy PerryA Hired Waiter: EzwaAn Italian Waiter: Laurie Anne WaldenA German Waiter: Robert SteinerA Chamberlain: Zames Curran Stage directions and sound effects: David LawrenceAudio edited by Ruth Golding

4 episodes

Moralnosc pani Dulskiej

This recording is in Polish.Moralność pani Dulskiej – dramat naturalistyczny z 1906 r., jedno z najważniejszych dzieł Gabrieli Zapolskiej. Pełna nazwa utworu to: Moralność pani Dulskiej – tragifarsa kołtuńska. Moralność pani Dulskiej powstała w ciągu kilkunastu dni na przełomie października i listopada 1906 roku. Premiera odbyła się w grudniu, w Teatrze Miejskim w Krakowie. (Wikipedia)

3 episodes

The Duchess of Malfi

John Webster's bloody Jacobean tragedy exposes the decadence of the Italian court. The virtuous Duchess of Malfi, a young widow, secretly marries her steward Antonio, and is subsequently persecuted by her brothers: the sexually obsessed and eventually mad Ferdinand, and the corrupt Cardinal. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett).Characters: Narrator/Stage Directions & Castruccio -- BellonaTimes Delio -- Andy Minter Antonio -- Martin Geeson Bosola -- David Nicol Cardinal, 2nd Servant, 2nd Officer, Executioner -- jonesy Ferdinand -- mb Silvio -- Lars Rolander Roderigo -- David Muncaster Grisolan -- Miriam Esther Goldman Cariola -- Arielle Lipshaw Duchess, Cardinal's Servant, 3rd Officer -- Elizabeth Klett Old Lady -- storm 1st Servant, 1st Officer, Servant -- Daniel Hutton Julia -- Bereni 4th Officer, 4th Madman, Malatesti -- Mark F. Smith Pescara -- Kim Stich 1st Pilgrim, 1st Madman -- Lucy Perry 2nd Pilgrim, 2nd Madman-- Barry Eads 2nd Madman, Doctor -- hefyd

6 episodes

Countess Julie

August Strindberg's naturalistic one-act drama has only three characters: Julie, a passionate young noblewoman; Jean, her father's ambitious valet; and Kristin, the cook, who is also Jean's fiancee. The play is set on Midsummer Eve, when everyone is reveling, and Julie and Jean get a bit too intimate - with tragic results. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)Characters: Julie - Elizabeth Klett Jean - mb Kristin - Miriam Esther Goldman Narration - Availle Audio edited by mb

2 episodes


Desencantos é uma curta peça em dois atos, obra da juventude de Machado de Assis, publicada muito antes do seu livro de poemas, "Crisálidas" e de seus muito famosos romances. (Sumário escrito por Leni) Cast: Narrador – Matt Clara de Souza – Leni Luís de Melo – Pontedura Pedro Alves – Vicente Costa Filho Um criado – Vicente Costa Filho

2 episodes

Samson Agonistes

“The Sun to me is darkAnd silent as the Moon,When she deserts the nightHid in her vacant interlunar cave.”Milton composes his last extended work as a tragedy according to the classical Unities of Time, Place and Action. Nevertheless it “never was intended for the stage” and is here declaimed by a single reader.Samson the blinded captive, in company with the Chorus of friends and countrymen, receives his visitors on their varying missions and through them his violent story is vividly recalled. Then he is summoned to give a final demonstration of God-given strength to entertain the Philistines, his captors. Famously – and of course, offstage – his performance brings the house down. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

12 episodes

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler is a play first published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. In it, Hedda Gabler, daughter of an aristocratic General, has just returned from her honeymoon with George Tesman, an aspiring young academic, reliable but not brilliant, who has combined research with their honeymoon. The reappearance of Tesman's academic rival, Eilert Lovborg, throws their lives into disarray. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by wildemoose)Characters: George Tesman - Read by mb Hedda Tesman, his wife - Read by Arielle Lipshaw Miss Juliana Tesman, his aunt - Read by Kalynda Mrs. Elvsted - Read by Elizabeth Klett Judge Brack - Read by Joe Bly Eilbert Loveborg - Read by Bob Sherman Berta, servant at the Tesmans - Read by Diana Majlinger Narrator|Stage Directions - Read by Availle Director|File Editor - Arielle Lipshaw

4 episodes

Kasperl in der Türkei

Franz Graf von Pocci, der „Kasperlgraf“ verfasste mehr als 40 Kasperlstücke für das Marionettentheater mit Themen aus der Märchen- und Sagenwelt sowie Beiträge für die Münchener Bilderbogen. Seine Kasperlgeschichten ranken sich um den Kasperl Larifari, der jedoch kein netter Held, sondern eine eher ambivalente Figur ist. Larifari weist auch dunkle Seiten auf und ist als ein nie erwachsen gewordener Erwachsener zu verstehen. Er hat nie die Chance, in einer intakten Familie aufzuwachsen und wird zum Blender, Trickser und Narzissten. (Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia und Elli)

2 episodes


Othello is the story of a cross-cultural romance between the title character, a noble moor who is a general in the Venetian army, and Desdemona, a beautiful and virtuous Venetian lady. The newly-married couple fall prey to the machinations of Iago, Othello's jealous ensign, who plots to destroy their union. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast: Duke of Venice: Filippo Gioachin Brabantio: om123 First Senator: David Lawrence Second Senator: Lucy Perry Gratiano: Denny Sayers Lodovico: Lars Rolander Othello: Bruce Pirie Cassio: Mark F. Smith Iago: mb Montano: Robert Keiper Roderigo: Matthew Hill Clown: rashada Herald: Celeste Johnston Desdemona: Availle Emilia: Elizabeth Klett Bianca: Nadine Eckert-Boulet First Gentleman: Sonja Second Gentleman: Lars Rolander Third Gentleman: Miriam Esther Goldman Fourth Gentleman: Adam Baillie Sailor: Celeste Johnston First Musician: nathank First Officer: Elizabeth Klett Messenger: Adam Baillie Narrator: Arielle Lipshaw Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

6 episodes

Amor por Anexins

Artur Azevedo foi um dramaturgo, poeta, contista e jornalista brasileiro. Amor por anexins é uma curta peça em um ato foi escrita em 1872, sendo o primeiro trabalho de Artur Azevedo deste gênero. Sua primeira peça teve grande êxito sendo representada mais de 1000 vezes ainda no século XIX. (Sumário escrito por Vicente) Recorded by Matt, Leni, & Vicente Costa Filho

1 episodes

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore) is the most famous and celebrated play by the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello. Pirandello, in the preface to the play, says that whenever a reader opens Dante’s Inferno, Francesca will drift down from the dark wind in her circle of Hell and tell the Pilgrim her story; and it will always be for the first time – just as the Mother in Pirandello’s play at one point makes an agonizing cry, always for the first time. Each character sees events and the other characters differently. Their readings of reality do not match up. No one character is more correct than the other. There are as many versions of the story as there are characters in the play. Each character is in fact many characters; each has a sense of who he or she is, but each also is what the others believe he or she is. The play suggests that we are more victims of forces we cannot control than captains of our own fate and demonstrates Pirandello's conception that in place of a continuous ego, self or "I" are states of mind, masks or personae; the temporary result of forces brought to bear on us at that moment. The self becomes an anthology of such roles or masks. Theatricalists thought life was more like theater than vice versa. As in theater, we put on and take off masks, try out various roles, and make up our lives as we go along. (Summary by Wikipedia)CAST: The Narrator: Elizabeth Klett The Father: Peter Yearsley The Mother: Ruth Golding The Step-Daughter: Miss Avarice The Son: mb Madame Pace: Diana Majlinger The Manager: Denny Sayers The Property Man: David Lawrence The Prompter: om123 The Door-Keeper: gobblegobble The Machinist: Ezwa The Leading Lady: Piper Hale The Leading Man: bish L’Ingénue: Bridget Tallon Juvenile Lead: LizMourant Actors: Miriam Esther Goldman, Availle, Lucy Perry, Sweetlilbirdy, Kalynda Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett

3 episodes


The original 1891 version of the play was in French. Three years later an English translation was published. The play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay but to the delight of her mother Herodias, requests the head of Iokanaan (John the Baptist) on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the Dance of the Seven Veils. (Summary by wikipedia) Cast: Herod Antipas: Mark Penfold Iokanaan: Bruce Pirie The Young Syrian: Kim Stich Tigellinus: Matthew Reece A Cappadocian: Tim Ferreira A Nubian: D MoNeY First Soldier: Skythrock Second Soldier: Joshua Logan The Page of Herodias: om123 Herodias: Sweetlilbirdy Salome: Arielle Lipshaw A Slave: Ana First Jew: Frank Booker Second Jew/Fourth Jew/Sadducee: Elizabeth Klett Third Jew/First Nazarene: Denny Sayers Fifth Jew: David Lawrence Second Nazarene: Algy Pug A Pharisee: mb Narrator: Tricia G Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw

2 episodes

The Three Sisters

Three Sisters is a naturalistic play about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. It describes the lives and aspirations of the Prozorov family, the three sisters (Olga, Masha, and Irina) and their brother Andrei. They are a family dissatisfied and frustrated with their present existence. The sisters are refined and cultured young women who grew up in urban Moscow; however for the past eleven years they have been living in a small provincial town. Moscow is a major symbolic element: the sisters are always dreaming of it and constantly express their desire to return. They identify Moscow with their happiness, and thus to them it represents the perfect life. However as the play develops Moscow never materializes and they all see their dreams recede further and further. Meaning never presents itself and they are forced to seek it out for themselves. (Summary by wikipedia)The Three Sisters Cast: ANDREY SERGEYEVITCH PROSOROV - Joe Spy NATALIA IVANOVA (NATASHA), his fiancée, later his wife - Availle OLGA - Elizabeth Klett MASHA - Arielle Lipshaw IRINA - Elizabeth Barr FEODOR ILITCH KULIGIN, high school teacher, married to MASHA - mb ALEXANDER IGNATEYEVITCH VERSHININ, lieutenant-colonel in charge of a battery - Bruce Pirie NICOLAI LVOVITCH TUZENBACH, baron, lieutenant in the army - John Fricker VASSILI VASSILEVITCH SOLENI, captain - Denny Sayers IVAN ROMANOVITCH CHEBUTIKIN, army doctor - Algy Pug ALEXEY PETROVITCH FEDOTIK, sub-lieutenant - Raken VLADIMIR CARLOVITCH RODE, sub-lieutenant - Elizabeth Klett FERAPONT, door-keeper at local council offices, an old man - David Lawrence ANFISA, nurse - Ana Narrator/Stage Directions - Mary Herndon Bell Audio edited by Arielle Lipshaw

4 episodes

Die Räuber - Ein Schauspiel

Die Räuber ist der Titel des ersten veröffentlichten Dramas von Friedrich Schiller. Das Werk, das zunächst nicht als Bühnenstück, sondern als Lesedrama vorgesehen war (siehe unterdrückte Vorrede), sorgte für nationales Aufsehen im Literaturbetrieb und machte Schiller schlagartig berühmt.Enthält die Besprechung "Die Räuber. Ein Schauspiel von Friedrich Schiller. 1782", und den "Anhang über die Vorstellung der Räuber" im Wirtembergischen Repertorium 1782, beide von Schiller anonym verfaßt. Der Text folgt der zweiten Auflage von 1782.(Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia)Quellen:Unterdrückte Vorrede - Vorrede zur zwoten Auflage - Avertissement zu der ersten Aufführung: Online Text 1Vorrede zur ersten Auflage: Online Text 2Schauspiel: Online Text 3Besprechungen im Wirtembergischen Repertorium 1782: Online Text 1

13 episodes

Henry VI, Part 1

Henry VI, Part 1 or The First Part of Henry the Sixth (often written as 1 Henry VI) is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1591, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. Whereas 2 Henry VI deals with the King's inability to quell the bickering of his nobles, and the inevitability of armed conflict, and 3 Henry VI deals with the horrors of that conflict, 1 Henry VI deals with the loss of England's French territories and the political machinations leading up to the Wars of the Roses, as the English political system is torn apart by personal squabbles and petty jealousy. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast:Basset/Messenger/Queen Margaret/Second Sentinel/Second Serving Man: Elizabeth KlettBastard of Orleans/Master Gunner/General: lennichBoy/First Soldier/Officer/Scout/Sir William Lucy/Soldier: Christine BlachfordCaptain/Second Warder/Third Serving Man: Ty UnglebowerCharles, King of France: peacCountess of Auvergne: Maria ThereseDuke of Alencon: kenrgDuke of Bedford: Robert MitchellDuke of Burgundy: Sandra GDuke of Exeter: Andy MinterDuke of Gloucester: Sean RandallDuke of Somerset: ReadalotEarl of Salisbury: Michael IrskensEarl of Suffolk: Frank BookerEarl of Warwick: Mark F. SmithEdmund Mortimer: Bruce PirieFirst Gaoler/Lawyer/Legate/Lord Talbot/Watch/Woodvile: Algy PugFirst Sentinel/First Serving Man: John FrickerFirst Warder/Sir John Fastolfe: Dale BurgessHenry VI: Arielle LipshawJoan La Pucelle: Nadine Eckert-BouletJohn Talbot: ravenotationLord Mayor of London: Martin GeesonPorter: Lucy PerryReignier: Lars RolanderRichard Plantagenet: David GoldfarbSergeant: VeggrowerServant: EdenShepherd: AldorSir William Glansdale: Aidan BrackSir Thomas Gargrave: Ric FVernon: David LawrenceWinchester: Jason MillsNarrator: Roseanne SchmidtAudio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

6 episodes

Henry VI, Part 2

Henry VI, Part 2 or The Second Part of Henry the Sixth (often written as 2 Henry VI) is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1591, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. Whereas 1 Henry VI deals primarily with the loss of England's French territories and the political machinations leading up to the Wars of the Roses, and 3 Henry VI deals with the horrors of that conflict, 2 Henry VI focuses on the King's inability to quell the bickering of his nobles, the death of his trusted adviser Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, the rise of the Duke of York and the inevitability of armed conflict. As such, the play culminates with the opening battle of the War, the First Battle of St Albans. Henry VI may be viewed as a study in insurrection, which moves from the private and personal jostlings in the court in Part 1 to outright civil war in Part 3. In Part 2 the discord between prominent state officials, notably Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester, spreads to the common people, fomenting an abortive rebellion, lead by the rascally Kentishman, Jack Cade. With the death of Humphrey, the period of regency for the naive Henry effectively comes to an end, and the unworldly monarch is helplessly exposed to the interminable strife between the factions of the houses of York and of Lancaster. The structure of the play differs from the other two parts in that there is a central rustic idyll (Act 4), populated by clownish characters, which recalls the idyllic centrepieces of comedies like A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It. The plays with the effective deposition of Henry, who is later re-installed as king in Part 3 by the influential Earl of Warwick. Henry VI, Part 2 has the largest cast of all Shakespeare's plays, and is seen by many critics as the best of the Henry VI trilogy. (Summary by Wikipedia and Algy Pug)Cast:Alexander Iden/Lord Say: amicrazy2uBeadle/Earl of Warwick/First Neighbor/George Bevis/Lord Scales/Post/Second Gentleman/Soldier/Spirit: Algy PugBolingbroke/Jack Cade: Martin GeesonCaptain/Herald/Simpcox: Sandra GClerk of Chatham/First Citizen/Messenger/Queen Margaret: Elizabeth KlettDick the Butcher/Mayor of St. Albans: JimOCRDuke of Buckingham/Richard Plantagenet the Younger: Lars RolanderDuke of Gloucester: Sean RandallDuke of Somerset: ReadalotEarl of Salisbury: Michael IrskensEarl of Suffolk: Frank BookerEleanor, Duchess of Gloucester: Musicalheart1Father John Hume: Christine BlachfordFirst Gentleman/Second Murderer/Second Petitioner/Townsman: David LawrenceFirst Murderer: rigbyjmFirst Petitioner/Third Neighbor/William Stafford: John FrickerHenry VI: Arielle LipshawJohn Holland/Peter: Denny SayersKing Edward IV/Thomas Horner/Walter Whitmore: Dale BurgessLord Clifford/Second Neighbor: Aidan BrackMargaret Jourdain: Nadine Eckert-BouletMaster/Sheriff: kenrgMichael: Bruce PirieRichard Plantagenet/Smith the Weaver: David GoldfarbServant/Vaux: EdenSimpcox's Wife: Lucy PerrySir Humphrey Stafford: Ric FSir John Stanley: VeggrowerWinchester: Jason MillsYoung Clifford: Amy GramourNarrator: Roseanne SchmidtAudio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

6 episodes

Henry VI, Part 3

Henry VI, Part 3 or The Third Part of Henry the Sixt (often written as 3 Henry VI) is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1591, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. Whereas 1 Henry VI deals with the loss of England's French territories and the political machinations leading up to the Wars of the Roses, and 2 Henry VI focuses on the King's inability to quell the bickering of his nobles, and the inevitability of armed conflict, 3 Henry VI deals primarily with the horrors of that conflict, as the once ordered nation is thrown into chaos and barbarism as families break down and moral codes are subverted in the pursuit of revenge and power.Among Shakespeare's history plays Henry VI Part 3 and Richard II contain the only intances in which a living monarch is displaced. However, unlike Richard who fell because of his misunderstanding of the limits of his sovereignty, the demise of Henry was due to his total incapacity to exercise his sovereign power. The inability of the king to deal with the brutal realities of regal life is dramatically displayed in Act 2 Scene 5 where Henry witnesses the agonies of the father who has killed his son and the son who has killed his father, and sadly acknowledges that this civil strife has been caused by the King's ineptitude. The crowning indignity comes in Act 3 Scene 1 where the king in hiding is easily detected and trapped by two rustics who triumphantly prepare to lead him before the man who has deposed him, Edward IV. Henry's death comes at the hands of the brother of Edward, the vicious and rampantly ambitious Richard, who later rises to the heights of supreme tyranny in Richard III. After Henry's son and heir, Edward, is murdered, also by the future Richard III, and Henry's most influential supporter, the Earl of Warwick, dies, the House of Lancaster lies in ruins.Henry VI, Part 3 features the longest soliloquy in all of Shakespeare (3.2.124-195), and has more battle scenes (four on stage, one reported) than any other of Shakespeare's plays. (Summary from Wikipedia with addition by Algy Pug)Cast:Bona: ckless1Duke of Exeter: Andy MinterDuke of Norfolk: kenrgDuke of Somerset: ReadalotEarl of Northumberland: ChewbobccaEarl of Warwick: Algy PugEarl of Westmoreland: Denny SayersEarl of Oxford: Lars RolanderEdmund, Earl of Rutland: Nadine Eckert-BouletFather who has killed his son: Denny SayersFirst Keeper: Algy PugFirst Messenger: Elizabeth KlettFirst Watchman: David LawrenceGeorge, Duke of Clarence: Jason MillsHenry VI: Arielle LipshawHuntsman: Algy PugKing Edward IV: Dale BurgessKing Lewis XI of France: Martin GeesonLieutenant: Elizabeth KlettLord Rivers: Denny SayersLord Clifford: Aidan BrackLord Hastings: Ric FMarquess of Montague: Nadine Eckert-BouletMayor of York: Denny SayersMessenger: Elizabeth KlettNobleman: Algy PugPost: Roseanne SchmidtPrince Edward: Corinna SchultzQueen Elizabeth: Elizabeth BarrQueen Margaret: Elizabeth KlettRichard III: Lars RolanderRichard Plantagenet: David GoldfarbSecond Keeper: ravenotationSecond Messenger: AvailleSecond Watchman: Nadine Eckert-BouletSir John Mortimer: Denny SayersSoldier: Algy PugSon who has killed his father: Amy GramourThird Watchman: Lucy PerryTutor of Rutland: Algy PugNarrator: Sandra GAudio edited by: Elizabeth Klett and Algy Pug

6 episodes

Wilhelm Tell

Wilhelm Tell ist das letzte fertiggestellte Drama Friedrich von Schillers. Er schloss es 1804 ab. Das Drama nimmt den Stoff des Schweizer Nationalmythos um Wilhelm Tell und den Rütlischwur auf. (Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia) Internet Archive: weitere gemeinfreie redaer Schiller Aufnahmen

11 episodes

Oedipus at Colonus (Storr Translation)

This is the second installment in Sophocles's Theban Plays that chronicles the tragic fates of Oedipus and his family. After fulfilling the prophecy that predicted he would kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus blinds himself and leaves Thebes, to wander in the wilderness accompanied by his daughters Antigone and Ismene. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast: Oedipus: Andy Minter Antigone: Elizabeth Klett Ismene: Arielle Lipshaw Theseus: Mark F. Smith Creon: Bruce Pirie Polyneices: David Goldfarb Stranger: Lucy Perry Messenger: Martin Geeson Chorus: Lars Rolander Narrator: David Lawrence Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

2 episodes

Mary Stuart

Schiller's tragedy depicts the final days of Mary, Queen of Scots, who has been imprisoned by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, because of her potential claim on the English throne. The action of the play revolves around an attempt to rescue Mary from prison and Elizabeth's indecision over whether or not to have her executed. The 1801 translation is by Joseph Mellish, a friend of Schiller's. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast: Queen Elizabeth: Elizabeth Klett Mary Stuart: Arielle Lipshaw Earl of Leicester: David Goldfarb Earl of Shrewsbury: Bruce Pirie Lord Burleigh: Andy Minter Earl of Kent: Mark F. Smith Sir William Davison / Officer / Melvil: Algy Pug Sir Amias Paulet: Martin Geeson Sir Edward Mortimer: mb Count L'Aubespine: om123 O'Kelly / Burgoyne: Dale Burgess Count Bellievre: Matthew Reece Hannah Kennedy: Availle Margaret Curl: lavahna Page: Philippa First Woman: Lucy Perry Narrator: Roseanne Schmidt Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

5 episodes

Die Jungfrau von Orleans

Die Jungfrau von Orleans ist ein Drama von Friedrich Schiller. Es nimmt den Stoff um die französische Heilige Johanna von Orléans auf. (Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia)

12 episodes

Henry V

After the turmoil and uncertainty of Henry IV a new era appears to dawn for England with the accession of the eponymous Henry V. In this sunny pageant Chorus guides us along Henry's glittering carpet ride of success as the new king completes his transformation from rebellious wastrel to a truly regal potentate. Of course, there is an underlying feeling that the good times won't last, and this is all the more reason to enjoy the Indian summer before the protracted and bitter fall of the house of Lancaster. (Introduction by Algy Pug) Cast:Alice: Caroline SophieArchbishop of Canterbury: Sean RandallBardolph: John FrickerBates: David LawrenceBishop of Ely: Algy PugBoy: AldorChorus: Elizabeth KlettConstable of France: Lars RolanderCourt: Dale BurgessDuke of Bedford: Dale BurgessDuke of Bourbon: Algy PugDuke of Burgundy: Algy PugDuke of Exeter: David GoldfarbDuke of Gloucester: Tadhg HynesDuke of Orleans: Ric FDuke of York: Algy PugEarl of Cambridge: Algy PugEarl of Salisbury: Algy PugEarl of Warwick: Algy PugEarl of Westmoreland: Timothy FergusonFirst Ambassador: Dale BurgessFluellen: Martin GeesonFrench soldier: Nadine Eckert-BouletGovernor of Harfleur: Dale BurgessGower: Bruce PirieGrandpre: Dale BurgessHenry V: Arielle LipshawHerald: Maria ThereseHostess Quickly: Elizabeth KlettJamy: lennichKatharine: ezwaKing of France: Paul AdamsLewis the Dauphin: Nadine Eckert-BouletLord Scroop: Bruce PirieMacmorris: Tadhg HynesMessenger: Elizabeth KlettMontjoy: Amy GramourNym: Sandra GPistol: Algy PugQueen Isabel: KalyndaRambures: Elizabeth KlettSir Thomas Erpingham: Dale BurgessSir Thomas Grey: Dale BurgessWilliams: Ty UnglebowerNarrator: Elizabeth KlettAudio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

5 episodes


Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts was first published in 1881 and staged in 1882, and like his earlier play A Doll's House, profoundly shocked his contemporaries. Dubbed "a dirty deed done in public" by one of its critics, the play focuses on (among other things) venereal disease, euthanasia, and incest. The original title literally means "the ones who return," and the play is about how we can deal with the awful legacy of the past. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast:Mrs. Alving: Elizabeth KlettOswald Alving: mbPastor Manders: Bruce PirieJacob Engstrand: Algy PugRegina Engstrand: AvailleNarrator: J. M. SmallheerAudio edited by: mb

3 episodes

Mrs. Warren's Profession

The story centers on the relationship between Mrs Kitty Warren, a rich woman, described by the author as "on the whole, a genial and fairly presentable old blackguard of a woman" and her daughter, Vivie. Mrs Warren is a middle-aged woman whose Cambridge-educated daughter, Vivie, is horrified to discover the sinister way her mother acquired her fortune. (Summary by Wikipedia and Arielle Lipshaw) Cast: Vivie: Arielle Lipshaw Praed: Bruce Pirie Mrs. Warren: Elizabeth Klett Crofts: Dale Burgess Frank: Matthew Reece Reverend Samuel Gardner: Algy Pug Narrator: Availle Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw

4 episodes

Henry VIII

This is Shakespeare's dutiful trubute to one of the most imposing and terrifying rulers in European history. The kingdom trembles as the giant monarch storms through his midlife crisis, disposing of the faithful Katharine of Aragon and starting a new life and, the king hopes, a line of succession with the captivating young Anne Bullen. Unlike his predecessors, Henry has no doubt about the security of his tenure on the throne, and dominates the royal court with absolute authority. The play has a surprising modern flavour: there is even a set of "Royal watchers" - the three gossipy gentlemen! (Summary by Algy Pug)Cast:Anne Bullen: Arielle LipshawArchbishop of Cranmer: Martin GeesonBishop Lincoln: Dale BurgessBrandon: Algy PugCapucius: Algy PugCardinal Campeius: Lars RolanderCardinal Wolsey: Bruce PirieChorus: Ruth GoldingCrier: EzwaCromwell: Dale BurgessDoctor Butts: Matthew ReeceDuke of Buckingham: Peter BishopDuke of Norfolk: John FrickerDuke of Suffolk: Elizabeth KlettEarl of Surrey: Tricia GFirst Gentleman: ReadalotFirst Secretary: Amy GramourGardiner: Michael IrskensGarter: Arielle LipshawGentleman: Paul AndrewsGriffith: Ric FHenry VIII: Algy PugKeeper: Paul AndrewsLord Abergavenny: Paul AndrewsLord Chamberlain: Matthew ReeceLord Chancellor: Jason BortlesLord Sands: Timothy FergusonMan: David LawrenceMessenger: Arielle LipshawOld Lady: rashadaPage: Roseanne SchmidtPatience: Ruth GoldingPorter: Algy PugQueen Katharine: Elizabeth KlettScribe: Arielle LipshawSecond Gentleman: Amy GramourSergeant: Ernst PattynamaServant: AnaSir Anthony Denny: Ernst PattynamaSir Henry Guildford: Martin GeesonSir Nicholas Vaux: Algy PugSir Thomas Lovell: Paul AdamsSurveyor: AimiThird Gentleman: VeggrowerNarrator: Tricia GSong performed by EzwaAudio edited by: Algy Pug

6 episodes


Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare's late romances, which (like The Tempest and The Winter's Tale) combines comedy and tragedy. Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline of Britain, angers her father when she marries Posthumus, a worthy but penniless gentleman. The King banishes Posthumus, who goes to Rome, where he falls prey to the machinations of Iachimo, who tries to convince him that Imogen will be unfaithful. Meanwhile, the Queen (Imogen's stepmother) plots against her stepdaughter by trying to plan a match between Imogen and her worthless son Cloten. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast:Arviragus: om123Attendant and First Gaoler: Bill MosleyBelarius: Algy PugCaius Lucius: Mark F. SmithCloten: mbCornelius: Amy GramourCymbeline: Bruce PirieFirst British Captain and Messenger: Elizabeth KlettFirst Brother: John FrickerFirst Gentleman and First Senator: Algy PugFirst Lady: rashadaFirst Lord: rfFirst Tribune and Roman Captain: Bill MosleyFrenchman and Soothsayer: Timothy FergusonGuiderius: Denny SayersIachimo: John FrickerImogen: Elizabeth KlettJupiter: Elizabeth KlettMother: SweetlilbirdyPhilario: RakenPisanio: Matthew ReecePosthumus Leonatus: David GoldfarbQueen: Arielle LipshawSecond British Captain, Second Gentleman, and Second Senator: John FrickerSecond Brother, Second Lord, and Second Gaoler: Arielle LipshawSicilius Leonatus: Jason BortlesNarrator: David LawrenceAudio edited by: mb

6 episodes

The Rivals

The play is set in Bath in the 18th century, a town legendary for conspicuous consumption and fashion at the time. Wealthy, fashionable people went there to "take the waters", which were believed to have healing properties. The plot centres on the two young lovers, Lydia and Jack. Lydia, who reads a lot of popular novels of the time, wants a purely romantic love affair. To court her, Jack pretends to be "Ensign Beverley", a poor officer. Lydia is enthralled with the idea of eloping with a poor soldier in spite of her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop, a moralistic widow. Mrs. Malaprop is the chief comic figure of the play, thanks to her continual misuse of words that sound like the words she intends but mean something completely different. (The term malapropism was coined in reference to the character.) Lydia has two other suitors: Bob Acres (a somewhat buffoonish country gentleman), and Sir Lucius O'Trigger, an impoverished and combative Irish gentleman. Sir Lucius pays Lucy to carry love notes between him and Lydia (who uses the name "Delia"), but Lucy is swindling him: "Delia" is actually Mrs. Malaprop. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast: Fag: Algy Pug Thomas/Servant: Brett W. Downey Lucy: Linda Hogan Lydia Languish: Elizabeth Klett Julia Melville: Arielle Lipshaw Mrs. Malaprop: Mil Nicholson Sir Anthony Absolute: Andy Minter Captain Jack Absolute: John Fricker Faulkland: mb Bob Acres: Peter Bishop Boy/Maid: rashada Sir Lucius O'Trigger: Lars Rolander David: Matthew Reece Narrator: Mary Ann Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

5 episodes

The Admirable Crichton

From the author of Peter Pan: Lord Loam, a British peer, considers class divisions to be artificial. He promotes his views during tea-parties where servants mingle with his aristocratic guests, to the embarrassment of all. Crichton, his butler, particularly disapproves of this. Loam, his family, a maid, and Crichton are shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. The resourceful Crichton is the only one of the party with any practical knowledge. Eventually, social roles are reversed, and Crichton becomes the governor. (Intro from Wikipedia & TriciaG)Cast (in order of appearance)Storyteller/Stage Directions: TriciaGErnest Woolley: AnthonyCrichton: Algy PugLady Agatha Lasenby: Arielle LipshawLady Catherine Lasenby: Tina NuzziLady Mary Lasenby: Elizabeth KlettMr. Treherne: Ernst PattynamaLord Loam: Paul AndrewsLord Brocklehurst: DerekPMonseur Fleury: Beverly ScottMiss Fisher: KalyndaMr. Tompsett & Naval Officer: Bill MosleyTweeny: BumbleVeeLady Brocklehurst: Michelle R. WoodAudio edited by: TriciaG

4 episodes

Comic Tragedies

Fans of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women will remember the elaborate plays which the March sisters loved to perform. This volume, published after Alcott's death, is a compilation of the real plays written by her and her sisters, which were fictionalized in Little Women. (Summary by Arielle Lipshaw) Cast: Actor 1: Algy Pug Actor 2: Marty Kris Actor 3: Matthew Reece Actor 4: Peter Bishop Actor 5: John Steigerwald Actor 6: David Lawrence Actor 7: Rashada Actor 8: Amy Gramour Actor 9: Elizabeth Klett Actor 10: Max Körlinge Actor 11: Phatsam Actor 12: Linda Velwest Narrator: Arielle Lipshaw Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw

8 episodes

Mr H

Mr H is a farce that was first performed at Drury Lane in 1806. The plot is slender and revolves around a single rather feeble joke, but the characters are skilfully drawn and the sharp observations of contemporary fashion do much to divert the listener from the weakness of the central theme. More a comedy of manners rather than a true farce, this short play is best enjoyed as a gentle romp through the eccentricities of the Regency period. (Summary by Algy Pug) Cast Mr H: Peter Bishop Landlord Pry: Martin Geeson Belvil: NCarrington Melesinda: Elizabeth Klett First Waiter: Ric F Second Waiter: Phil Chenevert Third Waiter: Algy Pug Fourth Waiter: Elizabeth Klett Fifth Waiter: Marty Kris First Gentleman: Lars Rolander Second Gentleman: Max Korlinge First Footman: Brian Morgan Second Footman/Gentleman: Algy Pug First Lady: Carol Box Second Lady: Sarah Crampton Third Lady/Old Lady: Mil Nicholson Fourth Lady: Malane Fifth Lady: Amy Gramour Sixth Lady: Martin Geeson Susan: Goldfish Maid: Beth Thomas Narrator: Algy Pug Audio editing: Phil Chenevert

2 episodes

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance is a play by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. The play premièred on 19 April 1893 at London's Haymarket Theatre. It is a testimony of Wilde's wit and his brand of dark comedy. It looks in particular at English upper class society and has been reproduced on stages in Europe and North America since his death in 1900. (Summary by Wikipedia)Cast:Lord Illingworth: Peter BishopSir John Pontefract: Ernst PattynamaLord Alfred Rufford: Bob GonzalezMr. Kelvil, M.P.: Nigel BoydellThe Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny, D.D. : Martin GeesonGerald Arbuthnot: mbFarquhar, Butler: Delmar H DolbierFrancis, Footman: Barry EadsLady Hunstanton: SusannaLady Caroline Pontefract: RashadaLady Stutfield: Beth ThomasMrs. Allonby: Elizabeth KlettMiss Hester Worsley: TriciaGAlice, Maid: Bev J. StevensMrs. Arbuthnot: Arielle LipshawNarrator: David LawrenceAudio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw

4 episodes

Timon of Athens

The Life of Timon of Athens is a play by William Shakespeare about the fortunes of an Athenian named Timon (and probably influenced by the philosopher of the same name, as well), generally regarded as one of his most obscure and difficult works. Originally grouped with the tragedies, it is generally considered such, but some scholars group it with the problem plays. The play has caused considerable debate among scholars. It is oddly constructed, with several lacunae (gaps) and for this reason is often described as unfinished, multi-authored, and/or experimental. No precise date of composition can be given and, while most place it as close but prior to the late romances, theories posited have ranged broadly from Shakespeare's first work to his last. It is usually grouped with the tragedies (as in the First Folio), though some scholars have placed it with the problem comedies despite the death of its title character. Source material includes Plutarch's "Life of Alcibiades" and Lucian's dialogue, Timon the Misanthrope. The play had not been published prior to its inclusion in the First Folio (1623). (Summary by Wikipedia)Cast:Apemantus: Martin GeesonAlcibiades: Marty KrisCaphis; Soldier: David NicolCupid; Timandra; Third Senator; Varro's Servant: Elizabeth KlettFirst Bandit; First Varro's Servant; Lucullus: Delmar H. DolbierFirst Lady; Phrynia: Sandra GFirst Lord; Others: Lars RolanderFirst Senator: Bruce PirieFirst Servant: Elaine WebbFlaminius: thebicyclethiefFlavius: Peter BishopFool; Titus; Ventidius: Amy GramourFourth Lord; Lucius Servant; Others: Max KörlingeHortensius; Jeweller: Timothy FergusonLucilius: TriciaGMerchant; Servilius: Sebastian StephensonMessenger; Page: ChyAnne DonnellPainter; Second Stranger; Others: Nigel BoydellPoet; Third Stranger; Others: Bob GonzalezSecond Bandit; Sempronius: Ric FSecond Lord; Others: David GoldfarbSecond Senator; Old Athenian; Third Servant; Isadore's Servant; Others: Algy PugSecond Servant; Second Varro's Servant: John FrickerThird Bandit; Philotus: Ron AltmanThird Lord; Others: DublinGothicTimon: Barty BegleyNarrator: KristingjAudio edited by: Algy Pug

6 episodes

The Way of the World

The Way of the World is a play written by British playwright William Congreve. It premiered in 1700 in the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields in London. It is widely regarded as being one of the best Restoration comedies written and is still performed sporadically to this day.The play is based around the two lovers Mirabell and Millamant (originally famously played by John Verbruggen and Anne Bracegirdle). In order for the two to get married and receive Millamant's full dowry, Mirabell must receive the blessing of Millamant's aunt, Lady Wishfort. Unfortunately, she is a very bitter lady, who despises Mirabell and wants her own nephew, Sir Wilful, to wed Millamant.Other characters include Fainall who is having a secret affair with Mrs. Marwood, a friend of Mrs. Fainall's, who in turn once had an affair with Mirabell.Waitwell is Mirabell's servant and is married to Foible, Lady Wishfort's servant. Waitwell pretends to be Sir Rowland and, on Mirabell's command, tries to trick Lady Wishfort into a false engagement. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast: Mirabell: bish Fainall: DublinGothic Betty: Lucy Perry Footman; Messenger; Coachman: Phil Chenevert Witwoud: thebicyclethief Petulant: Martin Geeson Mrs Fainall: Carol Box Mrs Marwood: Helen Falconer Mincing: Bev J. Stevens Waitwell: Nigel Boydell Foible: Malane Lady Wishfort: Mil Nicholson Peg: Maria Calderazzo Mrs Millamant: Liberty Stump Sir Wilfull Witwoud: Bob Gonzalez Narrator: Algy Pug

6 episodes

The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again is an Elizabethan tragedy written by Thomas Kyd between 1582 and 1592. Highly popular and influential in its time, The Spanish Tragedy established a new genre in English theatre, the revenge play or revenge tragedy. Its plot contains several violent murders and includes as one of its characters a personification of Revenge. The Spanish Tragedy was often referred to (or parodied) in works written by other Elizabethan playwrights, including William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe.Many elements of The Spanish Tragedy, such as the play-within-a-play used to trap a murderer and a ghost intent on vengeance, appear in Shakespeare's Hamlet. (Thomas Kyd is frequently proposed as the author of the hypothetical Ur-Hamlet that may have been one of Shakespeare's primary sources for Hamlet.) (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast: Ghost of Andrea, a Spanish nobleman; Hangman: MARTIN GEESON Revenge: Availle KING OF SPAIN: Lars Rolander CYPRIAN DUKE OF CASTILE, his brother; ALEXANDRO, Portuguese Nobleman; BAZARDO, a Painter; Watchman 1; Citizen 1: Algy Pug LORENZO, the Duke's son: DublinGothic BELLIMPERIA, Lorenzo's sister; Isabella's Maid: JustineWalmsley VICEROY OF PORTUGAL: Jason Mills Nigel Boydell BALTHAZAR, his son: Jeff Schwab HIERONIMO, Marshal of Spain: Amy Gramour ISABELLA, his wife; Boy: Bev J. Stevens HORATIO, their son: Max Körlinge Spanish General; Deputy; Don Bazulto; Watchman 2; Citizen 2: Marty Kris Portuguese Ambassador: Lucy Perry VlLLUPPO, Portuguese Nobleman; Don Pedro; JACQUES, Hieronimo's servant; Watchman 3; Citizen 3: ToddHW PEDRINGANO, Bellimperia's servant: Liberty Stump CHRISTOPHIL, Bellimperia's custodian; Messenger: Carol Box Lorenzo's Page: ChyAnne Donnell SERBERINE, Balthazar's servant; Servant: Kristin Gjerløw PEDRO, Hieronimo's servant: Peter Makus Nobleman 1; Portingal 1: Ernst Pattynama Nobleman 2; Portingal 2: JohnFricker Narrator: Elizabeth Klett

5 episodes

The Machine

Upton Sinclair is best known for his novel The Jungle, an expose of the meatpacking industry. He was also a playwright whose works for the stage reflected the same progressive viewpoints found in his other writing. In The Machine, published as part of Sinclair's 1912 collection Plays of Protest, Socialist activists show a rich man's daughter the truth about the society in which she has been raised. (Summary by wildemoose)Cast:Julia Patterson, a magazine writer: Elizabeth KlettJack Bullen, a parlor Socialist: Dale BurgessLaura Hegan, Hegan's daughter: Arielle LipshawAllan Montague, a lawyer: Bellona TimesJim Hegan, the traction king: ToddHWAnnie Roberts, a girl of the slums: Lucy PerryRobert Grimes, the boss: John SteigerwaldAndrews, Hegan's secretary: Max KörlingeParker, a clerk: Marty KrisNarrator: Linette GeiselAudio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw

3 episodes

One-Act Play Collection 003

This collection of ten one-act dramas features plays by Edward Goodman, Alice Gerstenberg, Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy, Anton Chekhov, Frank Wedekind, Moliere, Theresa Helburn, John Kendrick Bangs, and Harold Brighouse. (Summary by wildemoose)

10 episodes

Faust II

Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend; a highly successful scholar, but also dissatisfied with his life, and so makes a deal with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts. It is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature. Rich in classical allusion, in Part Two the romantic story of the first Faust is forgotten, and Faust wakes in a field of fairies to initiate a new cycle of adventures and purpose. The piece consists of five acts (relatively isolated episodes) each representing a different theme. (Summary modified from Wikipedia) Cast List Narrator / Stage Directions: AvailleMephistopheles: Algy PugFaust / Plutus / Doctor Marianus: Dan RaynhamAriel, Herald, Peneus, Guardsmen / First Guardsman, Heavenly Host, Pater Ecstaticus: Bob GonzalezEmperor, Gardeners, The Griffins / Second Griffin, Pater Seraphicus: BeirdoSquire, Page, Boy Charioteer, Homunculus, Euphorion, Chorus of Blessed Boys: Chris Marcellus2nd Squire, 2nd Page, Wood-cutters, Fauns, Courtier, Pygmies, Pygmy-Elders, The Youths, Arch Cup-Bearer, Heavenly Host, Chorus of Blessed Boys: Elizabeth KlettChancellor, Wood-Cutters, Atropos, Knight Banneret 1, Knight, Archbishop-Arch-Chancellor: Michael BennettGeneral-In-Chief. Gardeners, Learned Man, Chiron: David LawrencePulcinelli, Clotho, Fool, Wagner, Generalissimo, Lynceus the Warden of the Tower, Arch-Marshall, Heavenly Host: WupperhippoMurmurs of Crowd, Treasurer, Satirist, Poet, Griffins, The Youths, Bully / 3 Mighty Men: John TrevithickLord High Steward, Gardeners, Savage Song, Diplomatist, Dactyls, 1st Spy, Guardsmen / 2nd Guardsmen, Pater Profundis: Kevin W. DavidsonMurmurs of Crowd, Astrologer, Lachesis, Tumult & Song, Erichtho, Dactyls, Nereids & Tritons, 3rd Guardsman, Wanderer, Chorus of Blessed Boys: balaOlive-Branch / Fancy Nosegay / Garden-Girls, Aglaia, Crowd of Women, A Blonde, Lady 5 / Younger Lady, Sirens, Maiden, Younger Angels: Vanessa GarciaWreath of Ears / Challenge / Garden-Girls, Euphrosyne, Crowd of Women, Lady, Sphinxes, Dorides, Choretid 2, Want, Younger Angels, Magna Peccatrix: KristingjFancy Wreath / Rosebuds / Garden-Girls, Hegemone, A Brunette, Lady 2 / Young Lady, Ants, Dorides: Liberty StumpMother, Alucto, Crowd of Women, Lady 3 / Older Lady, Chorus of Insects, Sirens, Sphynx, The Phorkyads, Choretid 6, Phorkyas, Necessity, Chorus of Angels / Chorus Mysticus: TriciaGParasites, Fear, Lady 6 / Duenna, Chorus of Insects, Lamiae, Dorides, Speedbooty, Una Poenitentium / The Penitent: Lucy PerryHelena, Parasites, Crowd of Women, Sphinxes, The Phorkyads, Maria Aegyptiaca: Patti CunninghamDrunken Man, Tumult & Song, Chamberlain, Baccalaureus, Cranes of Ibycus, Oread, Psylli and Marsi, Holdfast / 3 Mighty Men, Lemures, Chorus: Kris Gannon, Braden River, FloridaMegaera, Nymphs, Ants, Lamiae, Psylli and Marsi, Panthalis / Leader of the Chorus, Guilt, Mater Gloriosa: Charlotte DuckettTisiphone, Nymphs, Chorus of Insects, The Arimaspeans, The Phorkyads, Choretid 5, Care, Angels / Chorus Mysticus: Kim MosesPrudence, Lady 4 / Oldest Lady, Nymphs, Pygmies / Pygmy-Elders, Choretid 3, Mulier Samaritana: Lani SmallHope,The Arimaspeans, Lamiae / Empusa, Choretid 1: Miss AvariceZoilo-Thersites, Sphinxes, Dryad, Galatea, Choretid 4, Baucis, More Perfect Angels: Amy GramourThe Starveling / Avarice, Giants, Knight Banneret 2 / Knight 2, Famulus, Griffins, Manto, Nereids and Tritons, Telchines, 2nd Spy, Philemon: Herman RoskamsSavage Song / Satyr, Second Chamberlain, Seismos, Proteus, Guardsmen/Fourth Guardsman, Lemur: Jason MillsFauns, Gnomes / Deputation of Gnomes, Architect, Emmets, Thales, Arch-Chamberlain, Chorus of Angels / Angels / Chorus Mysticus: Andy CotterlyGnomes / Deputation of Gnomes, Anaxagoras, The Youths, Havequick / 3 Mighty Men, More Perfect Angels: ToddHWSavage Song, Giants, Emmets, Nereus, Arch-High-Steward: Chuck WilliamsonSirens: Libby GohnCranes of Ibycus: Lucas RhonemusChorus, Psylli and Marsi: HunterEdited by TriciaG

25 episodes