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by Frank J. Morlock & The Marquis de Sade

Based on the Marquis de Sade's infamous novel of the same name, this new dramatic version of JUSTINE closely follows the original story, both in spirit and in action. De Sade, with his relentless logic, attempts...

The Death of Caesar

by Voltaire & Frank J. Morlock

Voltaire's The Death of Caesar (Mort de César, 1735) is often erroneously described as a reworking of the first three acts of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Instead, Voltaire rewrote the text in its entirety,...


by Adolphe d'Ennery & Frank J. Morlock

French dramatist Adolphe d'Ennery (1811-1899) follows the Faust story originally developed by Goethe, but with a leavening of humor that the German playwright lacked. Especially entertaining is the character...

The Hunchback: A Play in Five Acts

by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois & Paul Feval

Henri de Lagardere, the best swordsman in France, suddenly finds himself duty-bound to protect the baby female heir of a murdered friend--a girl who matures into a beautiful woman who will one day inherit a...

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

"The Importance of Being Earnest," Wilde's most famous play, opened at the St. James's Theatre in London on February 14, 1895. It proved an immediate success critically and commercially, and it remains a showcase...

Bathilda: A Play in Three Acts

by Alexandre Dumas & Frank J. Morlock

Adapted by Alexandre Dumas from a script by Auguste Maquet, BATHILDA tells the story of a woman who's raped by Marcel, and becomes his lover for a time. After she leaves him and moves to Paris, she meets Deworde,...

Candide: A Play in Five Acts

by Voltaire & Frank J. Morlock

Voltaire's classic novel CANDIDE has been adapted many times through many different forms of media, but this 20th-century dramatic version is one of the best. Voltaire's story endures because the character of...

Sylvandire: A Play in Four Acts

by Alexandre Dumas & Frank J. Morlock

In 1844-45, while Alexandre Dumas was working on his two classic novels, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, he found time to write a play called Sylvandire. A young provincial, Roger Tancred...

"Cadmus and Hermione" and "Perseus": Two Plays

by Philippe Quinault & Frank J. Morlock

Philippe Quinault (1635-1688) was the highest paid and most respected French librettist of his day, considered the equal of Racine. His libretti can be read as lyrical dramas without the music. The two plays...

Jurgen: A Play in Three Acts

by Frank J. Morlock & James Branch Cabell

Based on the bestselling novel by James Branch Cabell, Jurgen is a philosophical fantasy in the manner of Candide, which strings together the hero's sexual adventures into an ironic and satirical commentary...

The Queen's Necklace: A Play in Five Acts

by Alexandre Dumas & Frank J. Morlock

While French writer Alexandre Dumas is best-known for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, many critics consider his Marie-Antoinette novels to be his greatest achievement. Indeed, he was working...

The King of Rome: A Play in Five Acts

by Charles Desnoyer & Frank J. Morlock

Charles Desnoyer (1806-1858) and Léon Beauvallet (1828-1885) were French playwrights of the mid-nineteenth century. THE KING OF ROME focuses on the Emperor Napoleon's only son, the Duke of Reichstadt, who was...

The Gold Thieves: A Play in Five Acts

by Alexandre Dumas & Frank J. Morlock

Dr. Ivans, unable to make a living in London, migrates with his two daughters to Australia, where he hopes to make his fortune; one of his girls, Melida, is forced to leave her suitor, Williams, behind. Arriving...

The Venetian: A Play in Five Acts

by Frank J. Morlock

To save his father from execution for treason, the Bravo Giovanni agrees to act as an assassin for The Council of Ten, and ruthlessly carries out their orders for targeted killings against real or imagined enemies...

The Brothers Karamazov: A Play in Five Acts

by Jacques Copeau, Jean Croue & Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Adapted from the riveting novel of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov was the first great theatrical success of the well-known French playwright, Jacques Copeau (1879-1949). Copeau adapted...

The Corsican Brothers: A Play in Three Acts

by Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Grangé & Frank J. Morlock

This adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas tale tells the story of two brothers, born as Siamese twins, but separated not long after birth. They're raised by two different families, but are still able to "feel"...

Queen Margot: A Play in Five Acts

by Alexandre Dumas & Frank J. Morlock

Written in 1847, while Dumas was at the height of his powers, this play recounts the events leading up to the Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre of the French Huguenots--and the subsequent death of King Charles...

Two Voltairean Plays: The Triumvirate and Comedy at Ferney

by Voltaire, Louis Lurine & Frank J. Morlock

Set in Roman times, Voltaire's play THE TRIUMVIRATE details a meeting on an island between Anthony and Octavian, in which the two main players in the post-Caesar Roman world decide how to divide up the spoils...

Olympias; and, The Temple of Glory: Two Plays

by Frank J. Morlock

OLYMPIAS is one of Voltaire's most powerful tragedies. It's based on the suspicion that King Alexander the Great was poisoned, and left an infant daughter, Olympias, by his Persian wife Statira, daughter of...

Saving the Queen: A Comedy of Cape and Sword

by Theophile Gautier, Bernard Lopez & Frank J. Morlock

Well-known French writer Théophile Gautier and Bernard Lopez combine their talents in this send-up of the cloak-and-sword dramas so popular with the Romantics. When the Spanish Queen's horse runs away with...