I have been asked to write a few words to explain why these adaptations of Racine were made.
They were made for the use of a little company of amateur players who wished to try their art in verse plays, yet found that of the many fine poetical plays in the English language, not many suited their needs. The Elizabethan poetical play needs a large cast and a fairly large stage. The Restoration poetical play is of an old fashion. The modern poetical play is usually not enough of the stage nor of the people to hold the audience to which these players perform.
The stage upon which this company of players performs measures eleven feet by thirteen feet, so that no big production is . . .
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