Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival´s 2014 production of The Tempest, Shakespeare´s magical romantic comedy, directed by Tony Taccone. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen. Rough magic and brave new worlds... For 12 years, the exiled Duke Prospero has waited for this moment: Old enemies have sailed too close to his enchanted island, and a mighty storm has forced them ashore. Now it´s time to settle old scores and reclaim his former dukedom for his daughter, Miranda. Aided by supernatural powers, Prospero dispenses justice while overseeing the growing attraction between Miranda and the princely son of one of his foes. In Shakespeare´s romance, sorcery and love transmute vengeance into humility and humanity, making it possible for all to return to a world made new by the power of forgiveness. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007468de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now, for the first time in audio, Blackstone presents seven great plays in one volume: Euripides´ Medea, Shakespeare´s The Tempest, Moliere´s The Imaginary Invalid, Dumas´ Camille, Ibsen´s An Enemy of the People, Shaw´s Arms and the Man, and Chekhov´s Uncle Vanya. These productions illustrate the development of European drama from ancient times to the threshold of the modern theater. A superb repertory company has been assembled for these recordings, all under the direction of veteran producer Yuri Rasovsky, who has won both the Audie Award for book production and the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting. These are not mere readings. Rather, they are full performances using all the resources of audio to full advantage. Just as stage plays are ´´opened up´´ when adapted to film, so these selections create greater intimacy. ´´Staginess´´ is avoided, lively theatrics enhanced, while the substance of the works remains intact. For instance, in Arms and the Man, audio makes possible the judicious integration of the author´s witty scene settings, written for the published version of the play, with the play itself. This is the play that established Shaw´s reputation as one of the greatest wits of the London drama scene. Music accounts for another noteworthy aspect of these productions. The Imaginary Invalid employs the score that Marc-Antoine Charpentier composed for Moliere´s own premiere. It is conducted by Steven Ovitsky, artistic director of the Milwaukee Symphony. The Tempest, composed by Shakespeare as a multi-sensory theater experience, features music on Elizabethan instruments still extant from Shakespeare´s own production, resulting in lyrical textual passages, overflowing with exotic images, tantalizing sounds, and a palpable lushness. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/blak/000719de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shakespeare combined his love of theater with Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work. From love potions to bizarre transformations to the unforgettable play-within-a-play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a nonstop delight, and remains one of the milestones of the Bard’s canon. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:Tara Barr as HermiaErin Bennett as Moth and Second FairyJamie Bamber as OberonJanine Barris as Peaseblossom and First FairyBrendan Bradley as LysanderChris Butler as TheseusKyle Colerider-Krugh as Egeus and Robin StarvelingSue Cremin as HippolytaHector Elizondo as Peter QuinceLogan Fahey as Francis FluteGlenne Headley as TitaniaSimon Helberg as DemetriusStacy Keach as Nick BottomDavid Krumholtz as PuckDanny Mann as SnugJon Matthews as Cobweb and MustardseedKira Sternbach as HelenaAndré Sogliuzzo as PhilostrateTom Snout Directed by Martin Jarvis Language: English. Narrator: Simon Helberg, Glenne Headly, Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, David Krumholtz, Tara Barr, Jamie Bamber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000350de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival´s 2015 production of Pericles, Shakespeare´s first romance. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen. Pericles, prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from port to exotic port. Along the way he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea. Happily, this is a romance - Shakespeare´s first - where, in true storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them, bringing joy and safe harbor at last. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008569de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival´s 2013 production of King Lear, Shakespeare´s dark yet brilliant tragedy of madness and betrayal, directed by artistic director Bill Rauch. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen.Ambition is thickerthan blood …King Lear is ready to turn his realm over to his three daughters. His plan is simple: Give the biggest piece to the daughter who loves him most. But honeyed words and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and unspeakable acts - with consequences that reveal the worst and best in human nature. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006542de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shakespeare’s timeless story of revenge, corruption, and murder is considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Composed over 400 years ago, the tragic tale of young Prince Hamlet remains one of the theater’s most studied and performed works, presented here in a new full-cast recording, directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring a special appearance by Stacy Keach as The Ghost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Josh Stamberg as Hamlet; Stephen Collins as King Claudius; JoBeth Williams as Queen Gertrude; Stacy Keach as The Ghost; Alan Mandell as Polonius; Emily Swallow as Ophelia; JD Cullum as Laertes; Matthew Wolf as Horatio; Mark Capri as Ambassador and others; Josh Clark as Gravedigger, Voltemand and others; Henri Lubatti as Rosencrantz and others; Jon Matthews as Guildenstern and others; Darren Richardson as Player Queen and others; André Sogliuzzo as Reynaldo and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2011. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Stamberg, Stephen Collins, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Alan Mandell, Emily Swallow, Matthew Wolf. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000326de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.