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Love for Love

By William Congreve

After enjoying one too many nights on the town, Valentine is dead broke. When his disapproving father threatens to cut him off, Valentine devises an elaborate scheme to reclaim his inheritance. Unfortunately, his plan hinges on the fiery young heiress, Angelica, who is nowhere near convinced that Valentine wants to marry her for love. Recorded on Zoom in a single afternoon, this one-shot table read of William Congreve’s Restoration smash-hit, LOVE FOR LOVE, reunites the cast of Congreve’s THE WAY OF THE WORLD for a final encore.

Performed January 16th, 2020


 Valentine Benjamin Apple

Jeremy Bryson David Hoff

Scandal Tyrone Kiaku

Steward / Servant Julian Aikens-Helford

Tattle Jamie Sanders

Mrs. Frail Emily Garrison

Foresight Roger Lipson

Nurse Amanda M. Rogus

Angelica Claire F. Martin

Sir Sampson Legend Simon Kaplan

Mrs. Foresight Alexandra Stroud

Miss Prue Siena Brown

Ben Robbie Diaz

Jenny Sarah Duttlinger English

Buckram Timothy R. Fitch

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It’s carnival season in Naples, Italy, and Hellena wants to attend. There are just a few problems: her sister’s forbidden romance with an English soldier has put them both under house arrest and Hellena herself is promised to a nunnery. What’s a clever young lady to do? Sneak out of the house in masquerade, of course! And maybe, just maybe, fall in love. Aphra Behn’s dazzling Restoration comedy gets a modern makeover in this freely adapted audio drama, featuring actors from across North America.

Zoom Performance: November 7th, 2020

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The Rover

Samuel Coleridge believed that the three best plots in literature were Oedipus Rex, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, and Ben Jonson’s early modern play, The Alchemist. Set amidst a time of plague, three swindling rogues, Face, Subtle, and Doll Common, set up shop in the house of their master, who has fled from London to the country to escape the pandemic. As the cons and dupes pile up, the three try to maintain their ruses with a series of disguises, tricks, and double-crosses. Full of extravagant language, farcical action, and comic hijinks, The Alchemist was performed by The King’s Men in Shakespeare’s time, and has had many successful revivals with its combination of sharp wit and unrelenting momentum.


Hannah Adrian, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Karen Alvarado, Susan Bennett, Patrick M. Bentley, Diana Guizado, Kat Hermes, Daniel L. Keegan, James Loehlin, Katie Logan, Brett Sullivan Santry, Reagan Tankersley, Ania Upstill, David Higbee Williams.

Performed January 23, 2021

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The Alchemist

By George Etherege

Strapping English bachelor Dorimant has a problem. Three of them, in fact. His affair with a married woman is getting tedious, his seduction of her best friend is getting complicated, and—worst of all—he seems to be falling in love with the only woman in London who can’t abide him. Toss in a snarky best friend, a few wily dames, a French dandy, and one mortifying love triangle, and it’s a recipe for chaos. George Etherege’s gleeful Restoration satire bursts to life in this audio drama adaptation, featuring actors from across North America.

Performed December 19th, 2020

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The Man of Mode

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours Intensive: Digital Restoration Series, Part I

Assistant Artistic Director Claire F. Martin is joined by Jillian Robinson (Production Stage Manager), Emily Garrison (actor), and Patrick Teed (actor/scholar) to chat about recent and upcoming projects in the Digital Restoration Series (DRS).

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The show is produced by Claire Martin and Jeremy Fiebig and edited by Ashanti Bennett, Director of Engagement.

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Sweet Tea Shakespeare Lunch Hours – The Hours: The Country Wife, Part II

This full cast reading of THE COUNTRY WIFE Part II was directed by Assistant Artistic Director Claire Martin.

Casting is as follows: Duncan Gallagher as Harry Horner; Tyrone Kiaku as Quack; Jillian Robinson as the Boy; Bryson David Hoff as Sir Jasper Fidget; Emily Garrison as Lady Fidget; Alexandra Stroud as Dainty Fidget; Bernardo Mazón Daher as Frank Harcourt; Robbie Diaz as Dorilant; Ronald Román-Meléndez as Jack Pinchwife; Kelsey Petersen as Mrs. Pinchwife; Claire F. Martin as Alithea Pinchwife; Siena Brown as Mrs. Squeamish; Amanda M. Rogus as Lucy; and Cheleen Sugar-Ducksworth as Old Lady Squeamish.

The show was produced by Jeremy Fiebig and Stage Managed by Jessie Wise. This podcast was edited by Ashanti Bennett, Director of Engagement. Jen Pommerenke also assisted with this episode. Contact us at [email protected] Make a monthly, sustaining pledge on Patreon to support the work of Sweet Tea Shakespeare and our artists. We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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