Seven Classic Plays by William Shakespeare audiobook

Seven Classic Plays

By various authors
Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
Read by a full cast

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

Audio Theater

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781470826376

  • ISBN: 9780786193943

  • ISBN: 9780786191604

  • ISBN: 9781605147512

Runtime: 11.69 Hours
Category: Fiction/Classics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

 Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Blackstone Audio is proud to present seven great plays in a collection that illustrates the development of European drama from ancient times to the threshold of the modern theater: Medea by Euripides, The Tempest by Shakespeare, The Imaginary Invalid by Molière, Camille by Dumas, An Enemy of the People by Ibsen, Arms and the Man by Shaw, and Uncle Vanya by Chekhov.

A superb repertory company with distinguished guest artists has been assembled here, under the direction of veteran producer Yuri Rasovsky, who has won both an Audie Award for book production and the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting. These full performances use all the resources of audio to full advantage while keeping the substance of the works intact, resulting in both greater intimacy and lively theatrics.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Classic Plays is what audio theater ought to be. Rasovsky proves he is an audio showman, and this is a showcase for his great talents. These spoken works function so well in the audio medium with the scholarly manuscripts, astonishing period music, and the sumptuous cast.” Audiobook World
An Enemy of the People is the play Ibsen wrote, with unusual dispatch…It reflects the dramatist’s belief that the so-called ‘solid majority’ of democracy is made up largely of slow-thinking ‘serfs’; it’s the enlightened few, ‘attuned to the future,’ who by rights should rule.” New York Times
“Part of The Tempest’s permanent facination for so many playgoers and readers, in a myriad of national cultures, is its juxtaposition of a vengeful magus who turns to forgiveness.” Harold Bloom
Uncle Vanya is the only play of Chekhov’s four major plays that he did not label either a comedy or a drama. We are left to discover on our own that it is neither, that it is Chekhov’s innovative blend of the two.”  Harold Bloom
“From Euripides to Chekhov, the listener can experience the power of excellent theater…Well rendered period music lends suitable atmosphere; themes such as war vs. peace seem quite contemporary; witty and polished presentations enchant.” Kliatt

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: William Shakespeare

Author Bio: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.

Titles by Author

Author Bio: Alexandre Dumas fils

Author Bio: Alexandre Dumas fils

Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–1895), was the illegitimate son of Alexandre Dumas, père, who followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a celebrated author and playwright. In 1831 his father legally recognized him and ensured the young Dumas received the best education possible at the Institution Goubaux and the Collège Bourbon. At that time, the law allowed the elder Dumas to take the child away from his mother. Her agony inspired Dumas fils to write about tragic female characters. In almost all of his writings, he emphasized the moral purpose of literature and in his 1858 play, Le fils Naturel (The Illegitimate Son), he espoused the belief that if a man fathers an illegitimate child, then he has an obligation to legitimize the child and marry the woman. In 1844 Dumas, fils, moved to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. There, he met Marie Duplessis, a young courtesan who would be the inspiration for his romantic novel, Camille (La Dame aux Camillas).

Titles by Author

Author Bio: George Bernard Shaw

Author Bio: George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish-born playwright, critic, and political activist, began his writing career in London. In addition to writing sixty-three plays, his prodigious output as critic, pamphleteer, and essayist influenced numerous social issues. In 1925, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature and in 1938 an Oscar for the movie version of Pygmalion.

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Author Bio: Anton Chekhov

Author Bio: Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (1860–1904), the author of hundreds of short stories and several plays, is regarded by many as both the greatest Russian storyteller and the father of modern drama. He described the Russian life of his time using a deceptively simple technique devoid of obtrusive literary devices, thereby becoming the prominent representative of the late nineteenth-century Russian realist school. His early stream-of-consciousness style strongly influenced the literary world, including writers such as James Joyce.

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Author Bio: Euripedes

Author Bio: Euripedes

Euripedes (c. 480–406 BC) was one of the great tragedians of classical Athens. He is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama in modern times and is credited with pioneering developments that later writers adapted to comedy and romance. He also focused on the inner lives and motives of his characters in a way previously unknown. 

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Author Bio: Molière

Author Bio: Molière

Molière, the pen name and stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622–1673), was a French actor, director, and author who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.

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Author Bio: Henrik Ibsen

Author Bio: Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906) was a major nineteenth-century Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of prose drama” and is one of the founders of modernism in the theater. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theater was required to model strict mores of family life and propriety. Ibsen’s work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. 

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Author Bio: various authors

Author Bio: various authors

Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 11.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English