Little Women

First published in 1869, Little Women is the story of four sisters growing up against the background of the American Civil War. Alcott wrote the book at the urging of the publisher, Thomas Niles, who was seeking a story about girls that would have popular appeal. Although it was commenced essentially as a children’s book,…

Four Plays

This collection contains Oscar Wilde’s four best-known comedies: The Importance of Being Earnest; Lady Windermere’s Fan; An Ideal Husband; and A Woman of No Importance. All of them satirize upper-class English society of the 1890s, dramatizing scandalous secrets, political and marital intrigue, and dandyish bad behavior with Wilde’s trademark wit and wisdom. Presented by The…

Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll’s delightful sequel to Alice in Wonderland finds seven-year-old Alice off on another exciting adventure into Looking-Glass World. On her journey, she meets life-size chess pieces, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, and a host of fairy-tale creatures. Performed by a splendid cast, this Online Stage production will charm listeners of all ages. Narration by…

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, translated by Julius West, presented by The Online Stage. 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…

The Phoenix and the Carpet

The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit, presented by the Online Stage, narrated by Cate Barratt. In The Phoenix and the Carpet, five adventurous children are given a carpet that, unknown by their parents, contains a magic egg that hatches into a phoenix. A series of escapades ensues, some amusing, others dangerous, and all…

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s classic comic romance, in which the five Bennet sisters try to find that most elusive creature: a single man in possession of a large fortune. Sparks fly when sweet, pretty Jane meets their new neighbor, Mr. Bingley, but her sister Elizabeth is offended…

Five Children and It

While exploring the beach, four adventurous children make the acquaintance of a very odd creature: a sand fairy. When they have adapted to the brusque and forthright demeanor of the fairy, they discover that he has unusual powers, which he can be persuaded to demonstrate. As a result, the children enjoy many bizarre adventures, some…

Penelope

Penelope A comedy in three acts In this elegant comedy of manners, Penelope O’Farrell discovers that her husband has been having an affair with an attractive married woman. Instead of lapsing into despair, she decides to employ some cunning strategies to save her marriage. Cast Penelope O’Farrell – Amanda Friday Dr. O’Farrell (Dickie) – Jeff…

Othello

The predominant theme in this Shakespearean tragedy, believed to have been written in about 1603, is jealousy and the destruction it causes when allowed to run rampant. It features one of Shakespeare’s most compelling villains, Iago, who skillfully manipulates his commander, Othello, into believing that he has been betrayed by his wife, Desdemona, and his…

The Cherry Orchard

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…