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Clair de Lune is a heartfelt and poignant play that explores the depths of human emotions and the complexities of relationships. Written by Michael Strange, this two-act, six-scene masterpiece takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster, delving into themes of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Set in the small town of Clairville, the play follows the lives of its inhabitants as they navigate the challenges of their intertwining relationships. The protagonist, a middle-aged woman named Clara, finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Haunted by the untimely death of her husband, she confronts her loneliness and longing for something more.

Strange's writing style is captivating and deeply evocative, allowing the reader to truly connect with the characters' experiences. The dialogue is raw and realistic, capturing the nuances of human interaction with incredible finesse. Each line feels genuine and carries a weight that resonates with the reader long after the final curtain falls.

One of the play's greatest strengths is its beautifully crafted characters. Each individual is flawlessly developed, with their own unique personality traits and complexities. Clara's journey, in particular, is incredibly moving, as she undergoes a profound transformation, breaking free from her grief and learning to embrace life once again.

Furthermore, Strange expertly weaves together multiple storylines, seamlessly intertwining the lives of the characters. The play tackles various universal themes, such as love, friendship, and the search for personal identity. Through vivid imagery and expertly crafted scenes, Strange takes the reader on an emotional journey, exploring the highs and lows of the human experience.

Clair de Lune also touches upon important societal issues, subtly highlighting the challenges faced by small-town communities. The play confronts themes of prejudice, societal expectations, and the struggle for acceptance. By shedding light on these issues, Strange prompts the reader to reflect upon their own perspectives and biases.

In terms of structure, the play flows seamlessly, with each scene building upon the previous one to create a cohesive narrative. The pacing is well-crafted, allowing for moments of reflection and introspection, as well as moments of intense emotion and tension.

Clair de Lune is undoubtedly a powerful and thought-provoking play that will leave readers captivated from beginning to end. Michael Strange's masterful storytelling and deeply nuanced characters make this play a must-read for anyone looking for a profound exploration of love, loss, and the complexities of the human experience.

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CLAIR DE LUNE

A Play in Two Acts and Six Scenes

by

MICHAEL STRANGE

G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London

The Knickerbocker Press 1921

Copyright, 1921 by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Printed in the United States of America

All acting rights are reserved by the author. Application for the rights of performing this play should be made to Michael Strange, who may be addressed in care of the publishers.

CHARACTERS

THE COURT

THE QUEEN Miss Ethel Barrymore THE DUCHESS OF BEAUMONT Miss Violet Kemble Cooper PRINCE CHARLES Mr. Henry Daniell PHEDRO Mr. Herbert Grimwood

A Chancellor, Courtiers, Ladies in Waiting, Lackeys, Maids

THE MOUNTEBANKS

URSUS A Philosopher Mr. E. Lyall Swete DEA A Blind Dancer Miss Jane Cooper ANOTHER DANCER Miss Olga Barowski GWYMPLANE A Clown Mr. John Barrymore

Drummer Boys, a Sailor

CLAIR DE LUNE

NOTE Suggestions for the play, also the names of mountebanks and villain, are taken from L'Homme qui Rit , by Victor Hugo.

ACT I

CLAIR DE LUNE

ACT I

SCENE 1

[ An old park with avenues of trees leading away in all directions. Directly in background of stage there is a sheet of water fringed by willow and poplar trees... Continue reading book >>




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