Seagull cover edit Elizabeth is proud to annouce the release of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, the final production in the series of Chekhov plays released by The Online Stage. This full-cast production, in which Elizabeth plays the actress Irina Arcadina, is now available at Audible. The previous three productions are The Cherry OrchardUncle Vanya, and The Three Sisters.

The Seagull is Anton Chekhov’s first major play, originally produced in 1896. It dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arcadina, and her son, the symbolist playwright Constantine Treplef. Featuring Elizabeth Klett, Andy Harrington, Ron Altman, Amanda Friday, Denis Daly, Linda Barrans, Leanne Yau, David Prickett, Tovarisch, Jeff Moon, Maureen Boutilier, Noel Badrian, and Ted Wenskus.

three sisters cover 1 The third Online Stage production of an Anton Chekhov play is now available at Audible: The Three Sisters. Elizabeth plays the role of Masha – the middle sister – in this full-cast production. The previous two plays – The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya – are also available at Audible, and the final installment, The Seagull, will be out later this year.

The Three Sisters is Anton Chekhov’s 1901 play about the Prosorov family, who are stuck in a provincial Russian town. The sisters – Olga, Masha, and Irina – fantasize about one day returning to Moscow. Meanwhile, their brother Andrey courts village girl Natasha, and the family socializes with the soldiers stationed nearby. Dreams, longing, and illicit love drive the action of Chekhov’s comic drama.

womanofnoimportance 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 HusbandThe 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.

earnest Elizabeth is very pleased to announce the release of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, presented by The Online Stage. This full-cast production is now available at Audible, where you can listen to an audio sample. Elizabeth reads the role of Lady Bracknell in this classic play.

The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde’s most famous and oft-produced play. First performed in 1895, and subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, it shows Wilde at his satirical and scathingly witty best. It follows the misadventures of Algy and Jack as they attempt to woo and wed Cecily and Gwendolen under the assumed name “Ernest”, much to the disapproval of the aristocratic Lady Bracknell.

Today for Free Audio Friday Elizabeth is sharing her top dramatic projects from LibriVox – these are either plays, or novels that have been done as dramatic readings (with a narrator and various readers performing the different roles). Here they are, sorted by the number of downloads via the Internet Archive:

1. Bram Stoker, Dracula (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the role of Mina Harker).

2. William Shakespeare, Hamlet (play – Elizabeth reads Queen Gertrude).

3. William Shakespeare, Macbeth (play – Elizabeth reads Lady Macbeth).

4. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (dramatic reading – Elizabeth does the narration).

5. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads Elizabeth Lavenza).

6. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the narration and the role of Jo March).

7. William Shakespeare, Othello (play – Elizabeth reads Emilia).

8. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (play – Elizabeth reads Juliet).

9. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House (play – Elizabeth performs the role of Nora Helmer).

10. Henry James, Daisy Miller (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads Mrs. Costello).

11. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the narration and the role of Mary Crawford).

12. L. M. Montgomery, the Anne of Green Gables series (dramatic readings – Elizabeth performs Marilla Cuthbert in all four books).

13. Sophocles, Antigone (play – Elizabeth reads the title role).

14. Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis (play – Elizabeth reads the roles of the Chorus and the Messenger).

15. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the role of Lucy Steele).