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.
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 is proud to announce her latest release: a full-cast recording of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, produced with the exciting new group The Online Stage. This recording is now available at Audible, and has already garnered a five-star review! Austen’s story of romance and intrigue is told through letters, and each character is voiced by a different actor. Elizabeth reads the title role, a seductive and manipulative widow seeking alliances for herself and her daughter. This is the first in a series of dramatic recordings of Austen’s works to be produced by The Online Stage; stay tuned for more news about that project in future!