THREE REPRESENTATIVE EPOCHS
The Salon Project can be used for any epoch of history in any place in the world. It can be used for societies from contemporary to ancient. Each of the three epochs listed below contains the basic style for a large body of classical plays written during or around that period. Most of our classical repertory theaters and conservatories regularly produce plays from these periods. The cast of characters for each project is made up of people who have eventful lives that interconnect with many of the other major characters and issues of that era. The cast lists in the following epochs are suggested characters. Each project contains about fifteen to twenty characters. The actors choose their own characters in collaboration with the instructor. The actors themselves add to the list when they find new characters that fascinate them.
PLACE: England, Court of Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth I, Queen of England.
cast members are the prominent people of Elizabeth's English court
the Nations of the world, and members of their courts who are politically and socially connected to her the court of England
EVENT: This is an international gathering arranged by Elizabeth and her Privy Council to possibly deal with the succession to Elizabeth’s Throne.
England: Elizabeth I, Queen of England;
Her ministers: William Cecil, Lord Burghley; Francis Walsingham; Christopher Hatton; Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
The English Courtiers:
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex; Walter Raleigh; Philip Sidney; Henry Wriothesly; Francis Drake; Christopher Blount; the Throckmortons; Anthony Babbington, etc.
Ladies of Elizabeth’s Court:
Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Elizabeth Throckmorton, Maid of Honor to Elizabeth; Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury and her daughter, Arabella Stuart; Lettice Knolles Dudley, Countess of Essex and Leicester and her daughter, Lady Penelope Devereux Rich; etc.
Invited Members of other courts:
Scotland: Mary Stuart, Dowager Queen of Scots; her son James VI; King of Scotland. Monarchs and Ambassadors of France: Catherine de Medici, Dowager Queen of France; Henri III, King of France; Henry Duc de Guise; Henry Burbon, King of Navarre; his queen, Marguerite de Valois). Spain: Isabella Clara Eugenia, Infanta Spain; Don Bernardino de Mendoza, Ambassador. Ireland: Grace O’Malley, Irish Chieftain. The Ottoman Empire: to be selected. Papal Representative: to be selected.
The newly expanded hunting lodge
EVENT: This is a gathering of the intimate members of the courts of Louis XIV, King of France and his first cousin, Charles II, King of England. They are negotiating the Treaty of Dover. In secrete the meeting has been moved from Dover to unfinished building project of Louis XIV, Versailles.
The Kings and their wives:
Catherine of Braganza
Maria Theresa of Spain
Princes and Princesses of the Blood
future English Kings, James Stuart and William Stuart, Prince of Orange; Philippe, Duc d’Orleans and his wife Henriette-Ann Stuart, sister to Charles II; Louis de Bourbon, Prince de Conde; Anne Marie de Bourbon, The Grande Mademoiselle; Prince Rupert Stuart, Count of the Palatinate; Liselotte, Princess of the Palatinate;
Women of Louis’ Court
Louise de la Baume, Duchesse de Valliere; Francoise d’Aubigne, Marquise de Maintenon; Francoise-Athenais de Mortemarts, Marquise de Montespan; Hortense Mancini, Duchesse de Mazarin; Marie Mancini, Princepessa de Colonna; Marie Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sevigne; Louise de Kerouelle, maid of Honor to Duchesse d’Orleans; Catherine Deshays, Madam Voisin.
Women of Charles’ Court:
Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine; Nell Gwyn; Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond.
Jean Baptiste Colbert; Francois le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois; Francois de Neufville, Duc et Marechal de Villeroy.
Philippe de Lorraine-Armagnac, Chevalier de Lorraine; Louis Henri, Marquis de Montespan.
Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington; Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury; George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.
John Churchill; James Scott, Duke of Monmouth; John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.
Playwrights and Composers:
Lully, Moliere, Racine, Wycherley, Etheridge, Dryden, Pepys.
Queen of England, Scotland, Ireland, Empress of India
PLACE: The English Court
EVENT: This is an international gathering of Victoria’s family, Ambassadors, and distinguished guests of Her Court in celebration of the marriage of two of Victoria’s grandchildren, Grand Duke of Hesse to Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh. The immediate issue is whether or not the bride’s sister, Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt and Nicholas Aleksandrovitch Romanov, Tzarevitch of all the Russias will be allowed to announce their engagement.