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…

Twelfth Night

Presented by the Online Stage. This play, which bears an alternate title of What You Will, was written in about 1602. The plot consists of three basic strands: The separation and eventual meeting of the identical twins Sebastian and Viola, each of whom believes the other to have perished The triangular love relationship involving Olivia;…

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…

Uncle Vanya

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…

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…

A Woman of No Importance

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…