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The Relapse

By Sir John Vanbrugh

Once upon a time, there was a pleasure-seeking libertine named Loveless. He was reformed by the love of a virtuous woman named Amanda. They lived happily ever after. Or did they? Sir John Vanbrugh turns the Restoration comedy on its head in this rare sequel, which follows Loveless and Amanda as their once-perfect marriage is threatened by the arrival of Amanda’s beautiful cousin and her dashing ex-lover. Recorded on Zoom in a single afternoon, this one-shot table read of THE RELAPSE features actors from across North America.

Captured April 17th

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The Way of the World

By William Congreve

London, 1700. When the hottest playboy in town falls in love with a free-spirited heiress, high society has a lot to say about it. Scheming aristocrats, catty ex-girlfriends, country bumpkins, and a tyrannical matriarch threaten their romance from all sides. Will the bickering lovers get their happily ever after? Or will gossip, greed, and jealousy win the day? Featuring iconic characters and some of the wittiest dialogue ever written, this audio drama of Congreve’s beloved Restoration comedy is brought to life by actors from across the United States.

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The Belle’s Stratagem

By Hannah Cowley

London debutante Letitia Hardy has been engaged since birth to a man she has never met. After their first meeting goes horribly awry, Letitia vows to win over her handsome fiancé, Doricourt…by disguising herself as a rival for his affections. Meanwhile, Doricourt’s best friend, Saville, teams up with a motley crew to thwart a local Casanova hellbent on seducing an innocent young bride. This sparkling adaptation of Hannah Cowley’s Enlightenment-era comedy of manners features actors from across the United States.

Performed March 12th, 2021

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The Beaux’ Stratagem

By George Farquhar

Chaos abounds and hilarity ensues when two down-on-their-luck Englishmen decide to pass themselves off as a rich lord and his servant in order to snag wealthy wives. It’s not long before the fake aristocrat, Aimwell, finds himself caught in a battle of wits with an heiress and her mother. Meanwhile, his fake valet, Archer, gets in over his head when he falls for a married woman whose husband just happens to be the target of a heist. This rollicking adaptation of George Farquhar’s late Restoration comedy features actors from across the United States.

Performed February 6th, 2021

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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

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 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