The Emperor of the Moon

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A Restoration farce by a successful woman playwright. "Doctor Baliardo, a Neapolitan philosopher, has so applied himself to the study of the Moon, and is enraptured to such an extent with the mysteries of that orb, that he has come steadfastly to believe in a lunar world, peopled, ruled and regulated like the earth. This wholly fills and absorbs his every waking thought, and, in consequence, he denies his daughter Elaria and his niece Bellemante to their respective lovers, the Viceroy’s two nephews, Don Cinthio and Don Charmante, as being men of mere terrestial mould."
- Summary by Montague Summers, 1915

Cast list:

Doctor Baliardo: Adrian Stephens

Scaramouch, his Man: Anna Maria

Pedro, his Boy: Mira Williams

Don Cinthio, Nephew to the Vice-Roy, and Lover of Elaria: Greg Giordano

Don Charmante, Nephew to the Vice-Roy, and Lover of Bellemante: Tchaikovsky

Harlequin, Cinthio’s Man: Alan Mapstone

Officer: Sonia

Clerk: Susan Essary

Stentor: James R. Hedrick

Elaria, Daughter to the Doctor: Annie Mars

Bellemante, Niece to the Doctor: Marya James

Florinda, Cousin to Elaria and Bellemante: Jenn Broda

Mopsophil, Governante to the young Ladies: WendyKatzHiller

Keplair, Philosopher: DeborahJoye

Galileus, Philosopher: David Purdy

Zodiack Chorus: Rapunzelina

Stage Directions: ToddHW

Editing: ToddHW

(2 hr 29 min)


Act 1 54:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 38:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 56:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers