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2007-01-18, 02:07 PM
This Theatre of Masks has finally been renovated! Though abandoned with the fall of the Masked Troupe, it is now open for buisiness once more!

This is an old wooden building, with obviously newly renovated part.

The entrance is a large, comfortable lobby, with a coatroom and a ticket table. The furniture is nice, but by no means overly extravagent, of elegant design. A great chandolier, crafted by Raptoran craftsmen, hangs above the lobby.

There is abundant seating before the stage, and a great balcony for the higher-paying customers.

The stage is large and well-lit, and the acoustics are excellent.

The backstage area has a cornucopia of props, a plethora of costumes, and multiple dressing rooms, practice rooms, storage rooms, and and multiple other rooms essential for a theatre.

The theatre is available for Plays, Operas, Concerts, Speeches, and other events. It is community-owned and operated.

To take part in a play, simply add on to the script a bit with each post, starting where the last performer left off. Audience members may post normally, without adding to the script.

((We currently need ideas for performances. For our first show, we should probably do a Classic, but I'm no sure which one. Any ideas? For classics, we usually take a real-world play and then spoof it a bit and make it D&D-ified. Fpor example, in the first Thatre of Masks, we did Romeo and Juliet as a story about two feuding guilds, the Montags and the Capuliethes, run by Humans and Elves, respectively.))

2007-01-18, 02:12 PM
((Hamlet, by shakespeare, perhaps?))

Lord Iames Osari
2007-01-18, 03:51 PM
((You could do the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Of course, they're a spoof in and of themselves, so that might not work to terribly well....))

Vespe Ratavo
2007-01-18, 05:51 PM
((I would recommend A Midsummer Nights Dream. Thats just BEGGING to be D&Dified.))

2007-01-18, 05:54 PM
((Classics? Pff, how boring. Do Waiting for Godot or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.))

2007-01-18, 05:55 PM
((Oh yeah Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, I like that one. More than Hamlet itself.))

2007-01-18, 05:57 PM
((Actually, I like the idea of Midsummer's Night Dream. Just think of the possibilities!))

2007-01-18, 05:58 PM
((Yes, but think of how appropriate my two suggestions are, considering that they are being performed in Town.))

2007-01-18, 06:02 PM
((Actually... never heard of the first one and never seen the second. I know, I'm horrible.))

2007-01-26, 02:04 PM
((If it's by Shakespeare, I know it or have access to it. Other than that, I know... My Fair Lady, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, The Iceman Cometh, and a few others. I also know (and have performed in) The Hobbit, Little Shop of Horrors, Still Life with Iris, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. So those are the one's I'd be best at. But I can probably get my hands on a few other scripts.)

2007-02-04, 07:33 PM
... right. so let's a take a vote.


Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
Little Shop of Horrors
Midsummer Night's Dream
Phantom of the Opera
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Waiting For Godot.

Votes valid until noon on monday, US central time.

As soon as the votes are cast, the show shall begin!

2007-02-04, 07:34 PM
((The phantom of the Opera...with a real phantom!))

2007-02-04, 07:37 PM
((I'll add that to the list of candidates. Is that your desired vote?))

2007-02-04, 07:37 PM
((Alright sweet. Yes it is.))

Deus Mortus
2007-02-04, 08:10 PM
((Snakes on an airship, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Gladiator, Scarface and I can probably make up some more, if you want I can D&Dify some of those))

2007-02-04, 08:12 PM
((That sounds good. But first, vote phantom of the opera!))

2007-02-04, 08:25 PM
((Snakes on an airship, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Gladiator, Scarface and I can probably make up some more, if you want I can D&Dify some of those))

((Snakes on an Airship is a good one. Mnty Python and the Holy Grail is already so hammed-up it would be pointless to D&Dify it, but the other two might work. But at the time, we're only looking for plays, not movies. They shall be considered at a later date, however.

Lord Magtok
2007-02-04, 08:28 PM

((ESARS: Say hello to my little friend, meatbag! *Blammity Blam Blam!*))

2007-02-04, 10:35 PM
( Little Shop of Horrors or Macbeth... hmm. Tough choice, but I do know more about Macbeth than the first. I liked playing the ghost of Banquo in English. :smallbiggrin:)

2007-02-05, 01:54 AM
Would you like to play questions?

R&D are Dead!

And I thought I was the only one on Earth that enjoyed that film!

Or Waiting for Godot. That's Great as well!

2007-02-05, 04:16 AM
(How about the musical "RENT."
Now THAT, is cool.)

2007-02-05, 07:55 AM
(( Midsummer Nights dream...or on the subject of Macbeth: Why not Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett? ))

Vespe Ratavo
2007-02-05, 08:13 AM
((Vote, vote, vote, vote for Midsummer Nights Dream!))

2007-02-05, 08:16 AM
(( And on the subject of Terry Pratchett: Why not do Mort? Or maybe Small Gods? ))

2007-02-05, 11:31 AM
((I cast my vote for anything by shakespeare))

2007-02-05, 02:02 PM
1 vote for Phantom of the Opera
1 vote for MacBeth
1 vote for R&G are dead
1 vote for Rent (though it wasn't technically on the ballot)
1 vote for Midsummer Night's Dream.

It would be tied if not for the people who voted a bit late, so I will count their votes.

1 more for Midsummer Nights dream.
1 more for all shakespeare plays.


Midsummer Night's dream wins.

Our first play:

Midsummer NIght's Dream, in which a bunch of players decide to entirtain the local rulers, and somehow end up getting love potions on them; one of them also gets polymorphed into a donkey by the fey queen of the fairies. They end up having a giant Orgie.

Let the play begin!

2007-02-05, 03:05 PM

((ESARS: Say hello to my little friend, meatbag! *Blammity Blam Blam!*))

((Wouldn't that go more like....
Say hello to my little friend, meatbag! *Snnikity Snik Snik!*
...from the reloading crossbow? :smalltongue: ))

Vespe Ratavo
2007-02-05, 04:58 PM
((Well, I'm ready to play any part, but I have one question, are only the theater people in this one? Anyway, here's a full script (http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/midsummer/full.html) for us all to mess up :smallbiggrin:))

2007-02-06, 01:22 AM
(1 more vote for rent, just coz its soo COOL!)

2007-02-06, 02:08 AM
Are we to be the players as well?

2007-02-06, 03:43 AM
(( Fus may be unwilling to play Puck, but Fus' player insists. After much arguing and threats, Fus reluctantly agrees if people want him to he will play Puck. ))

2007-02-06, 10:36 AM
((we don't really play parts so much as rewrite the script a few lines at a time (skiping some lines here and there, and probably diverging from the plot a bit from time to time.) Otherwise, the play would go on forever because we'd be waiting hours on end for people to post their character's lines. Of course, you can have your character playing a part, but the lines shall still be written by everyone.))

Righteo, let's get this started.

The play is ready to commence. The tickets are being sold and the lights are down. NPCs, wealthy and poor alike, are pacing the theatre, but room still remains for as many PCs as would like to enter.

The lights are extinguished, then go up again, revealing the first scene:

Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame or a dowager
Long withering out a young man revenue.

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a +3 keen silver longbow
New-bent in Celestia, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.

Go, Philostrate,
Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments;
Awake the pert highly dexterious spirit of mirth;
Turn melancholy forth to funerals;
The pale companion is not for our pomp.
Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,

Hippoltya:You sure did; it bloody well hurt...

Hey, that's what you get for having a high Charisma score. You should have invested more in AC. Anyway....
...And won thy love, doing thee injuries (mostly subdual)
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph and with revelling.


2007-02-06, 10:39 AM
(( Good. Although is this play is in a temporal vortex where our characters can be doing two things at once? ))

2007-02-06, 10:50 AM
((yeah. This is all out of time))

2007-02-06, 10:51 AM
(( Thank God. ))

2007-02-06, 04:30 PM
Happy be Theseus, our renowned beurgomiester!

Thanks, (neutral)good Egeus: what's the news with thee?

Feebleminded come I, with complaint
Against my child, the half-elf Hermia.
Stand forth, Demetrius. My valiant Paladin,
This man hath my consent to marry her.
Stand forth, Lysander: and my gracious beurgomiester,
This man hath enchant'd the mind of my child;
Thou, bard Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes,
And interchanged love-tokens with my child:
Thou hast by the un-light of Shar at her window sung,
With feigning voice verses of love successfully bluffed,
And stolen the impression of her fantasy
With bracers of armor +3, rings of wishes,
And sent a Quall's feather token (bird) with a message
Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth:
Lke a simple commoner:
With CHA modifier +5 hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart,
Adjusted her reaction from friendliness, which is due to me,
To stubborn hostility: and, my gracious beurgomiester,
Be it so she; will not here before your grace
Consent to marry with Demetrius,
I beg the ancient privilege of the Realms,
As she is mine, I may play the role of Fatespinner:
Which shall be either to give he to this Paladin
Or coup-de-gras her, according to our law
Immediately provided in that case
With my +13 initiative.

2007-02-24, 10:39 PM
((Umm... look, turns out that we didn't really take into account that Shakespeare's a long-winded windbag that never takes a whole long time to say anything, and his commedies really aren;t the same style as the Town.

So.... do we start basically rewriting huge portions of the script and skipping big chunks to get to the funny stuff, or do we just do a different play?))

2007-05-08, 09:46 PM
A group of shady characters meets behind the stage...

A new group has emerged to threaten our preeminence.
Indeed. It is time for these upstarts to be reminded who it is that truly runs this Town.
Though the rat king be away, we must preserve his place.
We are agreed, then?


Very good. I shall contact our new allies, and we shall begin.

2007-05-08, 09:46 PM
((Gaaaah! Battle Stations!))

2007-05-08, 09:50 PM
(( ALRIGHT, assassins and those who would like to be:

There is at last a new rivalry to be handled: The Masked Troupe vs K.N.A.V.E.S.!

The lines are drawn: and now it's time for blood to be as well.

RECRUITING: Assassins, turncoats, and people who just like to hang around a theatre!


2007-05-08, 10:00 PM
((Recruiting indeed. Namesake doesn't give me enough of a taste of seeing what it's like to take on KNAVES))

Deckard strolls into the theatre, obviously enjoying the scenery. He sighs beneath his scarf.

Dexter isn't enjoying the scenery. The little doll raises a hand and sets a bench on fire, which Deckard hastily puts out with his canteen.

"That was my only water! Why in the HELLS did you do that?"

"Cuz I wanned tah!"

2007-05-08, 10:10 PM
An usher comes up to Deckard

Sir, there is no show today. Can I help you?

2007-05-08, 10:27 PM
((Guh, sorry: deadtime))

2007-05-08, 10:31 PM
(( 'tis ok. The Black Dragon's Den is the more usual recruiting front, anyway. ))

2007-05-10, 07:57 PM
"Not really. I'm just here to escape from the rest of town...you've really got the worst sorts around here, so I'm enjoying the peace of the theater while I can."

Dexter raises a flaming hand, taking aim at the usher, and Deckard slaps him off of his shoulder, before picking him up and waving a chastising finger.



Eventually, he leaves, and the doll in typical fashion begins burning again.

2007-05-10, 10:40 PM
The usher raises an eyebrow, but nods, having returned from the Black Dragon's den by this time.

Very well, sir.

The usher leaves him