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Opening night for Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter!

http://wiki.voyagersinc.org/wiki/bin/view/Public/TicketInfoF09

A few pics: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo_search.php?oid=217812628125&view=all

I'm nervous - and I'm not even the one who is going to be on stage!

But it ought to be great!
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The next two weekends, the Voyagers Shakespeare Company presents the romantic comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter, by William Shakespeare - and a dozen or so other people, including me.

I'm directing a cast of 18 home-schooled students, ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old, as we tell a bit of the story from June, the month before Romeo met Juliet!

You should come see it, if you're in the area. (And if you are thinking that you would be in the area for Arisia, but therefore unable to come, know that there will be other folks coming to see the show from Arisia, and rides are likely available.)

Also... it's not (yet) too late if you wish to advertise in the program - drop me a note or reply here to let me know if you want details.

We'll also be making a DVD of the show.

We're performing at 530 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts.

http://wiki.voyagersinc.org/wiki/bin/view/Public/TicketInfoF09

Please join us for 90 minutes of comedy, romance and surprising twists.

* Friday, January 8, 7:00pm
* Saturday, January 9, 7:00pm
* Sunday, January 10, 1:30pm
* Friday, January 15, 7:00pm
* Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
* Sunday, January 17, 1:30pm

There are two tiers for ticket pricing:

* Front Row seating - $15.00
* Standard Seating - $12.00

Nuclear Family Maximum is limited to the first 4 most expensive tickets.
(For example - A nuclear family of 5 buys 2 Front Row tickets and 3 Standard tickets. They pay for 2 seats at $15.00 + 2 seats at $12.00 + 1 seat at $0.00 = $54.00)
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Wow!

http://www.heniford.net/4321/index.php?n=Main.HomePage

This is an online guide to more than 5000 one act plays with 1-4 characters.

It isn't perfect, by any means. It didn't have the name of playwright or characters for a one act I looked up, though it had a potential way to acquire it.

But... it's pretty amazing.

And... the maintainer of the site accepts non-published plays for listing, if you know anybody who has written one of these.
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(cross posted, partially, from Sheroes)

I'm teaching a Play Directing class to 6 high school students this Spring. We're considering doing a night of one act plays as an adjunct to the course.

Do you have favorites, new or old?

Did you do/see it/them straight up or done with a twist? (inverted genders, serious play done for laughs, etc.)

A side question is if you've ever a) taken a play to a Drama Festival, or even b) gone to watch a Drama Festival?

Thanks!

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One Act Plays that have caught my eye, so far:
The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, by Tom Stoppard
http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/3934

Your Swash Is Unbuckled (Baker's Plays has a typo in their version of the typo) by Jeff Goode
http://www.bakersplays.com/store/product_info.php/cPath/7/products_id/1769?osCsid=b464e20596ce9bcf705b240fde3afa9d

Wurzel-Flummery, by A.A. Milne
http://books.google.com/books?id=AZUOAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=wurzel-flummery&lr=&as_brr=1&ei=NIZrSc8GnMAy9qallQQ

Chamber Music, by Arthur Kopit
http://books.google.com/books?id=eGTDI9j3BKcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=kopit&ei=wI1rSZXcHImsNtystZ4I#PPA6,M1
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Full length plays that came up and looked entertaining, while I was looking:
Iliad, Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter
http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/7268

Ham/thello, The Moor of Denmark by Jeff Goode
http://www.bakersplays.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/1845?osCsid=b464e20596ce9bcf705b240fde3afa9d

Romeo and Julius [Caesar] by Jeff Goode
http://www.bakersplays.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/1770?osCsid=b464e20596ce9bcf705b240fde3afa9d
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I went, Friday evening past, to the Voyager's production of The Tempest.

It was a most exquisite time, filled with wonderful acting that showed the clear and gentle touch of the director. I was glad to have gone and may seek to go again on Saturday - pleading only conflict for Sunday.

But, seeing the story afresh through the eyes of its performers, I was minded to go find a couple of things that I knew were out there - some of the poetry inspired by the play, but also two of the sequels that have been written.

One of those, The Virgin Queen by Frances Godolphin Waldron, was written in 1797, and is readable in its entirety:
http://books.google.com/books?id=v_4kAAAAMAAJ&dq=waldron+%22virgin+queen%22&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=U508Y9ba3M&sig=VZha75lfNrFvtY3DbYX7WA6DkZA&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPP9,M1

The other, Renan's Caliban, suite de la Tepete, drame philosophique (1878), is (as you have no doubt guessed) in French:
http://books.google.com/books?id=BZIKAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA261&dq=intitle:caliban+inauthor:renan&lr=&as_brr=1&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ei=JU9oScTPI4KEzgTF_sSHAw#PPA263,M1

For myself, I prefer the older work - finding Renan's perspective far too gloomy. Still, neither piece is up to the original, which is hardly surprising. I was, nonetheless, interested to read what amounts, pretty much, to nothing more than Tempest Fanfic!

(Feel free to share, though I am unconvinced that they merit sharing. I liked them better in the distant past than I do now.)

Here is another of the sequels - unlike the others, this one is focused upon Ariel's life, upon being the spirit's having been given freedom:
http://books.google.com/books?id=f7UYAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA249&dq=poem+ariel&lr=lang_en&as_brr=1&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ei=V4BpSeizNY6syASViITHAQ#PPA19,M1

The poem/play is cleverly entitled Ariel, written by William Whiteman Fosdick in 1855, and goes from the parting from Prospero (in which Prospero seems to me to be out of character compared with the end of the Tempest) to Ariel's return to the land of Fairy and the kingdom of Oberon.

And, because I am enjoying this theme, Sir John Everett Millais's painting, Ferdinand Lured by Ariel, from 1849: http://www.abcgallery.com/M/millais/millais3.html; and, from Wiki, William Hamilton's Prospero and Ariel, from 1797: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/William_Hamilton_Prospero_and_Ariel.jpg

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