The Divine Comedy – Inferno

Among the monuments of world literature, few works have been as influential as the Divine Comedy. Dante’s compendious allegory of a journey through the world of the afterlife is significant on many levels. It established Italian as a literary language, and consolidated the position of Florentine Italian as the lingua franca of the Italian peninsula….

Lady Susan

Lady Susan is an epistolary novel by Jane Austen about a beautiful and manipulative widow scheming to arrange wealthy marriages for herself and her daughter. This book is the basis for the film Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman, and starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. This dramatized production is presented by…

Tao Te Ching

While debate continues about the historicity of Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, the collection of sayings attributed to him, has remained one of the most influential religious texts of all time. Using simple yet profound language, the author probes the eternal mystery of the Tao, the elusive substrate which underlies all creation. Amazon/Audible • iTunes…

The Creditor

The Swedish playwright August Strindberg was one of the founding fathers of naturalistic theater. A feature of many of his plays is the minute dissection of attitude and motivation by individuals within tightly bound groups. As in the present drama, such relentless inspection of behavior often has drastic consequences. Thekla, married to the needy Adolf,…

Lady Windermere’s Fan

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…

Incompatibility of Temper

Incompatibility of Temper: Three Pictures of Moscow Life by Alexander Ostrovsky Translated by Ethel Voynich Presented by the Online Stage Alexander Ostrovsky was the premier Russian dramatist before Chekov, and a true master of realistic satire. His Incompatibility of Temper consists of three sections or “Pictures of Moscow life”. Despite its patina of humor, the…