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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

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours: You Got Soul

The concept of self is a complex one to tackle, so join the Sweet Tea Shakespeare crew as they chat about how the ideas of soul and identity interact with art.

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Songs in the Garden: Poems from the Land of Becoming by R. A. Nelson can be purchased here.

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The show is produced and edited by Kailey Potter.

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By William Shakespeare

Join us for one of Shakespeare’s most adventure-filled plays! Travel along with Prince Pericles on his sailing journey as he flees Antioch in an attempt to save himself from the vengeful and murderous King Antiochus. Chased by King Antiochus’s assassins, while facing rough seas and violent storms, Prince Pericles tries to hide by traveling all around the ancient Greek world until he is shipwrecked in Pentapolis, a fair city with an even fairer King’s daughter: Thaisa (pronounced Ty-eesa). Pericles immediately falls in love and marries Thaisa, but it is not happily-ever-after as many more trials and storms await the couple. Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a love story wrapped in thrilling adventure, complete with pirates, kidnaping, narrow escapes, and the constant threat of peril, as Pericles and Thaisa seek the safety only a stable family, home, and land can provide.

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Pericles

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