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”.
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 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 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.
Elizabeth is pleased to announce the release of the first audiobook in a collection of plays by Oscar Wilde: Lady Windermere’s Fan, now available at Audible. Forthcoming plays will be The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, and A Woman of No Importance, to be released this fall and in early 2017. Elizabeth reads the role of Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan, alongside a superlative cast.
Passion and intrigue among the upper classes form the basis of Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde’s first successful play, which displays his trademark wit and wisdom. Beautiful and innocent Lady Windermere finds out that her husband has been keeping company with the scandalous and mysterious Mrs. Erlynne. Her discovery unleashes a host of tensions at her 21st birthday party, where London’s elite have gathered to gossip.