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Orra

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Orra by Joanna Baillie is a captivating tale of love, betrayal, and redemption. The story follows the titular character, Orra, as she navigates the social expectations and pressures of her time. Baillie's writing style is both eloquent and engaging, drawing readers in with vivid descriptions and emotional depth.

The characters in Orra are complex and well-developed, each with their own motivations and struggles. Orra herself is a sympathetic protagonist, torn between duty and desire as she grapples with the consequences of her choices. Baillie expertly weaves together the different storylines, building tension and suspense throughout the narrative.

The themes of love and sacrifice are central to the story, resonating with readers on a deeper level. Baillie's exploration of moral dilemmas and societal norms adds depth and complexity to the plot, prompting readers to reflect on their own values and beliefs.

Overall, Orra is a thought-provoking and beautifully written novel that will linger in the minds of readers long after they have finished it. Joanna Baillie's storytelling skills truly shine in this captivating tale of love, betrayal, and the power of redemption. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and classic literature.

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Considered by her contemporaries a playwright “second only to Shakespeare,” Joanna Baillie was one of the most critically acclaimed writers of the Romantic Era. The Plays on the Passions, first published in 1798, stands as her undeniable magnum opus: a multivolume series of tragedies and comedies exploring the overruling passions of the mind. Orra: A Tragedy in Five Acts, which comes from that series' third volume, is Joanna Baillie’s haunting meditation on fear and madness. It is gothic melodrama par excellence. Set in fourteenth century Switzerland, Baillie's play skillfully intertwines psychological horror with early feminist thought. Orra, in love with Theobald, is exiled to a haunted castle in the Black Forest after rejecting a marriage proposal from her ward's son. She is further threatened by the nefarious machinations of Rudigere, a pathologically jealous knight whose desire for Orra verges on obsession. Then there’s the castle itself, a dark and gothic abode that soon brings Orra to the brink of abject terror. Will Orra survive her expulsion into the Black Forest—or will she descend further and further into madness? Cast list: Orra: Availle Theobald: ToddHW Rudigere: Tomas Peter Glottenbal: Craig Franklin Hughobert: Roger Melin Hartman: DrPGould Maurice: Larry Wilson Eleonora: Eva Davis Cathrina: Sonia Franko: Nemo Urston: RecordingPerson Alice: Leanne Yau 1st Servant: Sandra Schmit 2nd Servant: TJ Burns 1st Outlaw: Owen Cook 2nd Outlaw / Soldier: David Olson Vassal: Joseph Tabler Attendant: Victor Villarraza Stage Directions: Chuck Williamson Editor: Chuck Williamson


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