Chatterbox Audio Theater Releases Dual-Language Shows THE NECKLACE & LA PARURE
Chatterbox Audio Theater, Memphis's only web-based theater company, is proud to announce the release of its latest productions, THE NECKLACE and LA PARURE. These two versions of the same tale allow listeners to experience Guy de Maupassant's classic short story in English or in its original French. Each version of the story runs approximately 20 minutes and is now available for free streaming and download through iTunes and www.chatterboxtheater.org.
Known as the father of the modern short story, Maupassant published "La Parure" ("The Necklace") in 1884. The tale follows Mathilde Loisel, a middle-class woman who dreams of wealth and finery. When her husband secures an invitation to an upscale ball, Mathilde finally has the chance to live out her dream. In an effort to look the part, she borrows a diamond necklace from a friend. The result of that simple act -- and of Mathilde's pride -- will have lifelong consequences for her and her husband. Often taught in literature classes, the story features vivid characters and a clever twist ending that make it engaging and relevant even today.
Chatterbox has released two full-cast audio adaptations of this classic story, both adapted and directed by Shira Malkin (Associate Professor of French at Rhodes College) and Karen Strachan. THE NECKLACE presents the story in English, while LA PARURE maintains Maupassant's original French. Both versions feature the same cast, most of whom are either native French speakers or professors of the language. This marks the first time Chatterbox has released a production in a language other than English.
The cast features Margaret McColley, Iris Laverdant, Laura Loth, and Alex Novikoff. Both shows feature music by Katherine Whitfield. THE NECKLACE and LA PARURE were produced by Robert Arnold and adapted and directed by Shira Malkin and Karen Strachan.
Formed in 2007, Chatterbox Audio Theater creates fully soundscaped audio works for free streaming and download. Based in Memphis, the group also produces shows in Kansas City, MO. Chatterbox has released more than 60 shows to date, all of which are freely available through iTunes and through the group's website, www.chatterboxtheater.org.
Photo Credit: Robert Arnold