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By William Congreve

Before becoming the most celebrated playwright of the Restoration, William Congreve was a law school dropout with a razor-sharp wit. At the age of twenty-one, he penned his first play, which took London by storm and changed English drama forever. Two young rakes go head-to-head with two brilliant heiresses, an aging libertine struggles to reform his ways, and a new mode of comedy is born. Recorded on Zoom in a single afternoon, this one-shot table read of William Congreve’s THE OLD BACHELOR features actors from across North America.

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The Old Bachelor

By William Congreve

Mellefont and Cynthia love each other. Their families approve of the match. The wedding is in fourteen hours. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if Mellefont’s scheming aunt, Lady Touchwood, and her duplicitous lover Maskwell have their way. In one fateful evening, a gallery in the Touchwood mansion becomes the stage for William Congreve’s delicious satire of marriage, sex, and money.

Recorded on Zoom in a single afternoon, this one-shot table read of THE DOUBLE DEALER features actors from across North America.

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The Double Dealer

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Money, status, family, desire: anything’s a scandal when it’s talked about enough. Lady Sneerwell, reigning queen of London society, knows that better than anyone. As Sneerwell schemes and gossips with the upper crust, two brothers battle it out for the love and fortune of a beautiful heiress named Maria. If only Maria’s young stepmother weren’t so appealing… Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s exuberant 18th century comedy comes to life in this audio-drama adaptation, featuring actors from across North America.

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The School For Scandal

By Susanna Centlivre

It’s the oldest story in the book: Boy meets Girl; Girl’s Dad gets mad. Unfortunately for Sir George and Charles, their girlfriends have two of the worst dads in London. Enter Marplot, a gregarious fop who loves meddling in people’s lives. As the four lovers scheme against the patriarchy to secure their happily-ever-after, Marplot hurls himself into the action with hilariously disastrous results.

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The Busie Body

By Thomas Nash and Christopher Marlowe

Aeneas, prince of the lost city of Troy and son of the goddess Venus, is aboard a ship bound for the North African coast when he becomes lost in a storm. The god Jupiter steps in and saves him by calming the seas, allowing Aeneas to land safely. At first, all seems well. Once on land, Aeneas meets Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and he tells her of the destruction of Troy and the purpose for his trip and destiny: to found a new Troy in Italy. Dido supports Aeneas’s goal and agrees to supply his ships. But then Cupid arrives and casts a spell to make Dido fall in love with Aeneas. More storms (literally and figuratively) ensue as now Dido, in love with Aeneas, desperately tries to keep Aeneas from leaving. 

 

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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours: Here Comes the Sun

Join Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Assistant Artistic Director Claire F. Martin and the cast and crew of multiple Sweet Tea Zoom and audio productions for a reflection on what art looks like when the world is shut down, what hope for the future feels like, and some of the questions that we’ve all asked along the way.

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This show is produced and edited by Kailey Potter.

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