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Casanova by Howard Guy Ervin III, composed by Richard B Evans, directed by Peter Merle Devine and Kenneth Lawrence Stegmiller, is a 2011 hardcover libretto for the 106th Grove Play produced and performed by members of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Casanova, The One Hundred Sixth Grove Play, Performed Friday, July 29, 2011


Dare to live

Like a song arising,

Throw your heart

Into life’s full flow,

Dare to fight

For what you believe in,

Dare to love

And make love grow.


Dare to see

All the beauty ’round you,

Taste the fruit

Picked from life’s rich vine,

Raise your glass

To your friends and lovers,

‘Til you’re dizzy

On life’s sweet wine.


And should the face of darkness try you,

Stand and hold your head up high.

Loudly sing out, “I defy you,

Spirits bold will never die!

Spirits bold will never die!

Spirits bold will never die!”

Spirits Bold Will Never Die! (pp 74–5)

What’s Wrong with the Movies? by Aleister Crowley in Vanity Fair, Jul 1917.

“TO return to the question of the author. Who invented modern musical comedy? Gilbert and Sullivan. Gilbert insisted–made it a point in every contract or license–that his libretto was to have no cuts, no modifications, no gags; even his minutest stage directions were to be followed implicitly.–Take it or leave it. Most of his stuff is therefore as strong and sound and playable today as it ever was.” [via]