"Transformation" "Fernando Eboli" "The Evil Eye" These three tales were written for the popular literary gift annual The Keepsake in 1828, 1829, and 1831. Their "sensational" themes include exotic locations, dire misfortune, long-lost kin, stolen identity, evil redeemed, plots resolved by strange coincidences, and in one case at least, an encounter with a supernatural being. Gothic fare. The cover image is taken from an illustration to "The Evil Eye" in The Keepsake for 1830.
Public Domain (P)2020 Voices of Today
Antigone by Sophocles. Translated by Sir George Young. Presented by the Online Stage. Sophocles (497 BC-406 BC), Aeschylus, and Euripides formed a trio of ancient Greek tragedians whose works represent the foundation of the Western tradition of classic drama. Of the more than 100 plays written by Sophocles, seven have survived to the present day. Perhaps the most famous of these are the three that are now known as the Theban plays: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. After the death of their father, Oedipus, Antigone and Ismene return to Thebes. The ruler is their unyielding uncle by marriage, Creon, who assumed command after the death of the sons of Oedipus, Eteocles, and Polynices in a fratricidal struggle to take control of the city. Creon has the body of one brother buried with full civic honors but forbids the burial of the body of the other, whom he regards as a traitor. Antigone's challenge to Creon's decree, which she considers unjust, results in the extinction of the family line of Oedipus. Cast: Libby Stephenson as Antigone, Amanda Friday as Ismene, Alan Weyman as Creon, Marty Kris as First Senator, Peter Tucker as Sentinel, Jennifer Fournier as Haemon, John Burlinson as Tiresias, K. G.Cross as Messenger in Attendance on Creon, Cate Barratt as Eurydice; Chorus performed by Brett Downey, Elizabeth Klett, Ed Humpal, and Cate Barratt; stage directions read by Grace Garrett.
Public Domain (P)2016 The Online Stage
Euripides (c. 480-406 B.C.E.) is the author of eighteen extant plays and many more only surviving in fragments. He is the youngest of the three great Athenian tragedians with Aeschylus and Sophocles. Hippolytus, bastard son of Theseus and the Amazon Hippolyta, has sworn chaste allegiance to the goddess Artemis, thus severely offending the goddess Aphrodite by failing to revere her. Aphrodite swears revenge and promises that he will die before the day is done, taking with him Queen Phaedra, wife of Theseus. Aphrodite sickens Phaedra with uncontrollable lust for Hippolytus, and when he vehemently spurns her, he sets in motion the events that will seal his doom. Cast Aphrodite - P J Morgan Artemis - Linda Barrans Hippolytus - Russell Gold Phaidra -Erin Louttit Nurse - Lee Ann Howlett Theseus - John Burlinson An Old Huntsman - Ron Altman First huntsman/Messenger - Andy Harrington Second huntsman - Alan Weyman Third huntsman - Alan Weyman Chorus leader - Jennifer Fournier Chorus One - Leanne Yau Chorus Two - Elizabeth Chambers Narrator - Alan Weyman
Public Domain (P)2017 The Online Stage
Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw Presented by The Online Stage According to George Bernard Shaw, Joan of Arc was in fact one of the first Protestant martyrs. She was one of the first apostles of nationalism, and the first French practitioner of Napoleonic realism in warfare. She also refused to accept the specific woman's lot, and dressed and fought and lived as men did. Shaw's exploration of the story of this ingenuous and eponymous heroine is set in six scenes and an epilogue, which takes place on 1456, when the church cleared Joan of the charge of heresy and condemned her accusers of corruption. The ghost of Joan appears and, later, an emissary from the year 1920, to announce Joan's canonization.Â This production also includes a very condensed version of Shaw's lengthy preface.Â Cast:Â Narrator and Duchess de la TrÃ©mouille - Anna Grace Robert de Baudricourt, Sentry and Courcelles - Graham ScottÂ Â Joan - Amanda Friday Bertrand, D'Estivet and Gentleman - Jeff Moon Archbishop and First Assessor - David Stifel De la TrÃ©mouille, John de Stogumber and Executioner - Denis Daly Steward and Warwick - Alan Weyman La Hire, Second Assessor and English Soldier - Phil Benson Bluebeard and Ladvenu - David Shears Charles (Dauphin) - Tom Saer Dunois and Third Assessor - Andy Harrington Cauchon - Peter Tucker Inquisitor - Noel Badrian Page - Sarah Bacaller Audio edited by Denis Daly
Public Domain (P)2020 The Online Stage
Danny MacIntyre Meets the Molecule, a radio play by Mike Murphy. Presented by the Online Stage Danny's mother assures him that snowmen can't talk. In this whimsical adventure, Danny discovers that her assertion is not entirely correct. Cast: Weatherman - Brett Downey; Danny - Amanda Friday; Mom - Susan Iannucci; Snowman - Alan Weyman. Additional voices supplied by Leanne Yau, Beth Thomas, and K.G. Cross. Audio edited by Amanda Friday.
Â©2016 Mike Murphy (P)2016 Voices of Today
"Pandoraâs Box: A Tragedy in Three Acts" by Frank Wedekind. Play translated by Samuel A. Eliot Jnr. Prologue translated by Leanne Yau and Alan Weyman and rendered into verse by Charlotte Duckett. Presented by The Online Stage. This play is the sequel to "Earth Spirit", in which the adventurous and manipulative Lulu marries and rids herself of three husbands, only to be arrested for the murder of the third. In "Pandoraâs Box", Lulu escapes from prison only to be forced in the life of a courtesan. Reduced to desperate poverty, she meets her end at the hands of murderous customer in London. In Wedekindâs sordid morality tale, all Luluâs main associates suffer premature and unnatural deaths, except for the degenerate Schigolch, who is one of the most unpleasant characters in the European drama. In Wedekind's dark world, virtue is a practical improbability and vice, although often punished, continues to thrive. In the prologue, which has been specially translated for this production, Wedekind pillories the forces of censorship and critical approval, against which he contended almost continuously throughout his writing career.Â Full cast of narrators includes: The Enterprising Publisher - John BurlinsonÂ The Ordinary Reader - K.G.CrossÂ The Bashful Author - Joseph TablerÂ The Attorney General - Alan WeymanÂ Play Rodrigo Quast - Ron AltmanÂ Lulu - Charlotte DuckettÂ Countess Geschwitz - Leanne Yau SchigolchÂ Marty Kryz Alva SchÃ¶n - Brett DowneyÂ Count Casti Piani - John BurlinsonÂ Detective and Jack - Garrison MooreÂ Heilmann and Dr. Hilti â Joseph Tabler Puntschu and Kungu Poti- Alan WeymanÂ Alfred Hugenberg and Kadidia - Chyanne DonnellÂ Bianetta and Magelone - K.G.CrossÂ Ludmilla Steinherz and Bob - P.J. MorganÂ Stage directions read by Denis Daly. Audio edited by Denis Daly. Copyright for the verse version of the Prologue is held by Charlotte Duckett.
Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage
Earth Spirit: A Tragedy in Four Acts by Frank WedekindÂ Translated by Samuel A. Eliot Presented by the Online Stage Frank Wedekind (1864-1918) was the most controversial dramatist of his age. Most of his work focuses on the ubiquity and inevitably corrupting influence of sexual attraction. His most famous plays are the two that depict the rise, fall, and eventual gruesome death of the vampish Lulu, who, in Wedekindâs presentation, became a ghastly parody of Goetheâs âEternal Feminineâ. The first of the plays is Earth Spirit, in which Lulu marries and survives three husbands, only to face prosecution for the shooting of the third. Luluâs later adventures are described in the following play, Pandoraâs Box. The two plays were later bundled with Death and the Devil and Castle Wetterstein to form a tetralogy that was published as Tragedies of Sex.Â Cast Ringmaster/Rodrigo - Ron Altman Lulu - Charlotte Duckett Countess Geschwitz - Leanne Yau Schigolch - Marty Krz Alva SchÃ¶n - Brett Downey Dr. SchÃ¶n - John Burlinson Schwartz - Garrison Moore Prince Escerny and Ferdinand - Joseph Tabler Dr. Goll and Escherich - Alan Weyman Alfred Hugenberg and Henriette - Chyanne Donnell Stage directions read by Denis DalyÂ Audio edited by Denis Daly
Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage
An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, and takes place over the course of 24 hours. Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece and is one of his most frequently produced plays. Cast: Lord Caversham - Alan Weyman, Mabel Chiltern - Amanda Friday, Lord Goring - Ben Lindsey-Clark, Sir Robert Chiltern - Chris Marcellus, Mason - David Prickett, Mr. Montford and Harold - Denis Daly, Lady Chiltern - Elizabeth Klett, Mrs. Marchmont - Erin Louttit, James - Jeff Moon, Lady Markby - Linda Barrans, Phipps - Noel Badrian, Vicomte de Nanjac - Peter Tucker, Mrs. Cheveley - PJ Morgan, Lady Basildon - Leanne Yau. Stage directions narrated by Tiffany Halla Colonna. Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett.
Public Domain (P)2016 The Online Stage
A new twist on the theme of A Christmas Carol. Harrison, an embittered scientist who has access to time travel, wants to remove Christmas from the pages of history. Fortunately for humanity, his senior colleague, Horowitz has other ideas. Cast: Peter Tucker as Harrison Victor Bazarov as the Innkeeper Chris Marcellus as Joseph Libby Stephenson as Mary Alan Weyman as Horowitz
Â©2011 Mike Murphy (P)2016 Online Stage
The Great Gerardo - A Comedy By Frank Wedekind Presented by the Online Stage On the day of his departure to sing Tristan in Brussels, the celebrated tenor Gerardo receives three unwelcome visitors. Despite their persistent attentions, he manages to honor his singing contract, but at an unexpected personal cost. This play was originally published as The Court Singer (Der KammersÃ¤nger). The English version used for this recording was prepared by Alan Weyman and drew upon the following translations: 1) Albert Wilhelm Boesche - The Court Singer; 2) AndrÃ© Tridon - The Tenor Cast: Gerardo - Alan Weyman; Helen Marova - Erin Louttit; Professor Duehring - Noel Badrian; Isabel Coehurne - Sarah Hulslander; Muller - Noel Badrian; Valet - David Prickett; Bell Boy - Leanne Yau.
Public Domain (P)2016 The Online Stage
Shakespeare's King Lear ranks with Sophocles' Oedipus as a tragic hero destroyed by his own good intentions. From the moment when Lear unfolds his darker purpose, we are drawn into an ineluctable chain of events that leads through betrayal, deceit, destructive family conflict, reconciliation, despair, and death. Considered by many to be the most grueling of Shakespeare's tragedies - Samuel Johnson found the death of Cordelia too heartbreaking to contemplate - this play represents the work of a master dramatist at the height of his powers.
Public Domain (P)2016 Voices of Today
Warning! Warning! Master short storyteller Richard Porter does it again. I am a storyteller. To some, not an author. I am a revolutionary. I have no faith in bullshit writing rules. If you want an excellent piece of writing that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside, then please steer clear from my stories. Nevertheless, if you want good stories, then who knows? You may just enjoy my Cozy Mystery series. Richard Porter offers a read unlike any other, its different for one, gripping and very entertaining. It's a cozy mystery read. Mystery at its core, it edges you, with nail-biting suspense, what will happen next!? Who did it? Why did they do it? Are some of the mind-boggling questions you are faced with makes this audiobook a must read. Enter at own peril... You know you want to read it.
Â©2015 Richard Porter (P)2015 Richard Porter
The Corpus Hermeticum is a series of short philosophical and religious treatises dating from the beginning of the Common Era. Most of the texts take the form of a dialogue between Hermes Trismegistos and one or more of his disciples. The texts are loosely related but clearly separate tracts seemingly written by many different authors who use the character of Hermes Trismegistos as a prop to express their unique philosophies. The Poimandres, often called "Pymander" by older translators, is the arguably the most important as it contains a very complete creation story and description of salvation. There are obvious parallels between the story in this book and the biblical creation, and while the book is clearly not Christian, it is certainly Gnostic. Also included in this book is the second book of the Corpus Hermeticum, Hermes to Asclepius, and GRS Mead's comment on the Poimandres.
Â©2014 Jason Augustus Newcomb (P)2015 Jason Augustus Newcomb
Lyric Dramas - Six Plays from Japan Translated by Basil Hall ChamberlainÂ Â Presented by The Online StageÂ Â These six plays are Japanese classics from the 14th century and are presented in the order of a traditional No programme. No, the Japanese word for "skill", is a form of Japanese musical drama that originated in the eighth century, and is the oldest major theatre art that still survives today. Alongside No plays were kyogen plays, which were short works typically inserted as a comedic interlude of sorts between the more classical No performances. The two types of plays are part of Nogaku theatre, which was inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO on the List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.Â Â Four of the plays (Robe of Feathers, The Death-Stone, Life Is a Dream, Nakamitsu) are No plays selected from the Nou-No-Utahi. The remaining two (Ribs and Skin, Abstraction) are kyogen plays from the Nou Kiyau-Gen ("Comic Interludes of the Lyric Dramas", or literally rendered, "Folies Dramatiques").Â 1. Robe of Feathers - A Fisherman finds a beautiful robe of feathers on a pine tree, and discovers it belongs to a Fairy. 2. The Death Stone - A Priest decides to rest in the shadow of a stone after a long pilgrimage, when a Spirit emerges with a warning. 3. Ribs and Skin (kyogen) - A rector resigns the benefice of his duties to an idiotic curate. Hilarity ensues. 4. Life is a Dream - Rosei, a pilgrim, travels to Mount Yauhi, where he learns the Emperor has relinquished his throne in his favour. 5. Abstraction (kyogen) - A husband asks his servant to assist him in covering up an affair, as his wife has caught scent of his misdemeanours. Hilarity ensues. 6. Nakamitsu - Nakamitsu is ordered by Mitsunaka to kill Mitsunaka's untalented son, the young lord Bijiyau.Â Â Â Featuring the voices of Leanne Yau, Alan Weyman, Andrew Colemen, Trisha Rose, Joseph Tabler, Russell Gold, and Tomas Peter.Â Â Audio edited by Leanne Yau
Public Domain (P)2019 The Online Stage
In the 28 poems of which Maud: A Monodrama consists, a somewhat mentally fragile young man narrates step by step (almost in stream-of-consciousness) the progress and aftermath of his feelings for Maud, whose father, the owner of the neighboring estate and Hall, he blames for his own father's death and his family's ruin. Many of the themes of the work are related to Tennyson's own experiences and those of his close family.Â Maud was written in 1854 and first published in 1855 (later slightly revised), at a time when the British press and public were enthusiastically supporting the nation's involvement in the Crimean war, regarded by some as a remedy for the vices of current peace and prosperity - the backdrop to Maud.
Public Domain (P)2021 Voices of Today
There is always room in the world for more gripping tales about the exploits of the inimitable Sherlock Holmes and the redoubtable Dr. Watson. Here is a collection of five previously unknown cases from the astonishing career of the consulting detective and his ever-loyal partner. "An Affair of the Heart" demonstrates the critical interplay between the two men which made their partnership so memorable and endearing. "The Curious Matter of the Missing Pearmain" is a classic locked-room mystery, while "The Case of the Cuneiform Suicide Note" sees Dr. Watson using his expert knowledge in helping to solve the mystery surrounding the death of an academic. In "A Study in Verse", the pair assists the Birmingham City Police in a complicated case of robbery, which leads them toward a new and dangerous adversary. And to complete the collection, we have "The Trimingham Escapade", the very last case the pair enjoyed together, which neatly showcases the inestimable talents of Sherlock Holmes. All of these tales are designed to contribute in some small part to the lasting memory of two extraordinary men who once occupied that setting we have come to know and love as 221B Baker Street.
Â©2015 Mark Mower (P)2016 Mark Mower
Do you ever wonder if there is a gnome living in the hole at the bottom of the old tree in the park? Have you ever felt like you weren't alone while in the woods? Did you know that elves are responsible for many of our day-to-day occurrences? If your mind ever fills with these kinds of questions, then these modern fairy tales are for you!
Â©2015 Justin Dockins (P)2016 Justin Dockins
Pygmalion by George Bernard ShawÂ Presented by The Online StageÂ In the Greek legend, a sculptor, Pygmalion, created a statue of a woman so beautiful that he fell in love with it. Later the goddess Aphrodite responded to his earnest prayers and brought the statue, named Galatea, to life. Shaw's Pygmalion is a fussy unmarried professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, who claims that he could train an uneducated person off the street to speak so that he or she could pass as a member of the aristocracy. His Galatea is Eliza Doolittle, who sells flowers at Covent Garden and whose father is a dissipated but cunning vagrant. Higgins finds Eliza a surprisingly apt pupil, but with her new found skill in elocution comes a streak of independence, which threatens to upset the complacent harmony of his domestic life. Like many of Shaw's plays, Pygmalion includes a preface, as well as an afterword in which Shaw relates the further history of Eliza as she learns how to incorporate her training by Higgins into her new lifestyle.Â Cast: Narrator: Grace GarrettÂ Eliza Dolittle: Arielle LipshawÂ Â Henry Higgins: Jeff MoonÂ Â Colonel Pickering: Denis DalyÂ Clara Eynsford-Hill: Amanda FridayÂ Mrs. Eynsford-Hill and Mrs Pearce: Sara MorseyÂ Â Bystander and Mrs. Higgins: Sarah MitchellÂ Â Sarcastic Bystander and Alfred Dolittle: Alan WeymanÂ Â Parlour-Maid: Sarah BacallerÂ Â Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Mark Crowle-GrovesÂ Audio edited by Denis Daly
Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage
A childhood nemesis. A threat seemingly from beyond the grave. Murder by Monday.... A mysterious letter sends Carl Brooke and Rutherford Nordlinger off to the aid of a man who, accused of murder, is now threatened by the man he is said to have killed. "Well, hello there," I said with some relief. "I am so very glad it is you." "Mr. Brooke," Nordlinger said, smiling, "By the handle of the revolver I see coming out of your pocket, it seems you were expecting the devil instead." "Very close." I motioned for him to enter. "Very close, indeed." I headed to the bureau, returning the weapon to its proper place. "Do come in and have a seat." Each Agora mystery is a complete and standalone mystery; however, some listeners prefer hearing the stories in order. This is the sixth novella in the Agora series, the others being (in order): Two Tocks Before Midnight The Penitent Thief The Peace Party Massacre The Curse of the Mad Sheik and The Captain's Play Please search for The Agora Letters for the first five stories in one bundle.
Â©2017 Clay Boutwell (P)2017 Clay Boutwell