Elizabeth is excited to announce the release of the second production in the Anton Chekhov series from The Online Stage: Uncle Vanya, now available at Audible! Elizabeth performs the role of Helena in this production, which follows the recent release of The Cherry Orchard, and which will be succeeded later this year by The Three Sisters and The Seagull.
Uncle Vanya is Anton Chekhov’s 1902 tragicomedy focusing on the romantic entanglements of the residents of a declining country estate. Vanya loves Helena, the unhappily married wife of aged professor Serebrakoff. Sonia loves Dr. Astroff, but he’s more interested in Helena. Serebrakoff loves only himself and is idealized by Vanya’s mother, who believes him to be a genius. All the characters waver between love and hate, between idleness and industry, between idealism and despair, in Chekhov’s “Scenes from Country Life”.
Elizabeth is excited to announce the latest release from The Online Stage: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, now available at Audible. Elizabeth performs the role of Lyubov Andreyevna in this classic drama, a formerly wealthy landowner trying to come to terms with her tragic past. This is the first in a series of Chekhov plays to be produced by The Online Stage, and will be followed by Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Seagull.
The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov’s final play, first performed in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre and directed by Konstantin Stanislavski. It takes place on the Ranevsky family’s country estate, which boasts a large cherry orchard that is in bloom as the play opens. The family is gathering at the estate for a reunion but also to decide how to handle their debts, which have reached a crisis point. The impractical Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, hope for a miracle to pay their mortgage while the successful merchant Lopakhin advises them to cut down the orchard and sell the land. The destinies of the family members mirror the fate of Russia itself as it transitions away from a landed aristocracy toward an uncertain future.
The fourth and final installment in the Oscar Wilde series produced by The Online Stage is now available at Audible: A Woman of No Importance. Elizabeth performs the role of Mrs. Arbuthnot in this classic play. The others in the series are An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lady Windermere’s Fan.
A Woman of No Importance takes place in a 24-hour period during a house party hosted by Lady Hunstanton at her country estate. The upper echelons of English society mix, mingle and flirt, including Lady Caroline Pontefract (who is on her fourth husband), the witty and ironic Mrs. Allonby and the dandyish Lord Illingworth. Wilde balances these worldly characters with a visiting young American woman, Hester Worsley, who becomes attracted to the earnest Gerald Arbuthnot, soon to become Lord Illingworth’s secretary. When Gerald’s mother pays a visit, however, the secret of his scandalous parentage will be revealed, and more than one future placed in jeopardy.
Elizabeth is excited to announce her latest audiobook release, which is another collaboration with writer Amanda DeWees. The Last Serenade (now available at Audible) is the sequel to Nocturne For a Widow, both part of the Sybil Ingram Victorian Mystery series.
When Sybil takes the stage again, murder plays the leading role.
In September 1873, medium and actress Sybil Ingram is looking forward to her new life as the wife of dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But their plans for marriage are interrupted by a cry for help from Julia de Lioncourt, Roderick’s former lover, who implores him to come to Paris to rescue her from a blackmailer, Danton Fournier.
When they arrive in Paris, the bewitching beauty proposes a daring plan: Sybil will take Julia’s place in a new melodrama while Julia, her alibi thus secured, recovers the letters from Fournier’s home. Knowing that Roderick still harbors guilt over killing Julia’s husband in a duel, Sybil agrees to the plan for his sake – even though it’s all too clear that Julia wants Roderick back in her bed. Moreover, the theater seems to harbor a ghostly presence that may foretell disaster for the masquerade.
Catastrophe strikes when Fournier’s body is discovered stabbed through the heart. Suddenly Sybil needs an alibi. She must also find a way to prevent suspicion from falling on Roderick as well – while determining whether Julia knows more about Fournier’s death than she is admitting. Can Sybil’s abilities as a spirit medium help her discover the truth before the real killer stops her?
A delicious blend of supernatural mystery, gothic romance, and romantic comedy, the Sybil Ingram Victorian mysteries are perfect for listeners who love Victorian women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby, Penny Richards’s Lilly Long, Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey, and Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody. And be sure not to miss Sybil’s previous adventures in Nocturne for a Widow!
Elizabeth’s latest release is the third play in the Oscar Wilde series from The Online Stage: the 1895 comic drama An Ideal Husband, now available at Audible! Elizabeth reads the role of the idealistic Lady Chiltern in this production, whose husband Sir Robert Chiltern (Chris Marcellus) faces crises both professional and personal when the devious Mrs. Cheveley (PJ Morgan) forces him to confront his past. In the meantime, the dandyish Lord Goring (Ben Lindsey-Clark) conducts a witty romance with Mabel Chiltern (Amanda Friday), while enduring abuse for his idleness from his cantankerous father (Alan Weyman). This wonderful production was preceded by the same cast performing The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan, also available at Audible. The final Wilde play, A Woman of No Importance, is currently in production and will be released in March.
Elizabeth performs the role of Hermione, Queen of Sicilia, in The Online Stage production of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, now available at Audible! This very seasonal release is one of Shakespeare’s late “romances,” which combines tragedy and comedy into a tale of jealousy and redemption.
At the opening of this late Shakespearean drama, Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, has been the longtime guest of Leontes and Hermione, the king and queen of Sicily. When the time comes for Polixenes to leave, Leontes urges him to stay longer. At first Polixenes refuses, but soon he yields to the entreaties of Hermione. His rapid change of mind convinces Leontes that the two are lovers and that Polixenes is the father of Hermione’s unborn child. Leontes’ obsessive jealously leads him to a course of action that has potentially disastrous consequences for all concerned and for the future of his kingdom.
Elizabeth is pleased to annouce the release of FU Cancer by Hilaria Alexander, a romantic dramedy now available at Audible. You can listen to a sample at Audible, and read more about the author and her work at her website.
Lucy has always been a good girl. The most hardcore thing she’s done in her life was falling for a divorced man 10 years her senior.
But he was the love of her life, and she married him. When her Peter Pan of a husband decided to divorce her, she thought it was her chance to start anew. That was until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Besides looking like Britney circa 2007, she is taking it well, real well. You might see her walk around the hospital during chemo sessions with bright colored wigs and outrageous t-shirts that seem to shock the most conservative employees. One of them reads FU CANCER.