Production is underway for our Pulp-Pourri Theatre series (and S4) finale, "The Bird and the Snake", a hard-hitting cop drama set in Chicago, in the late 50s. I wanted this episode to have special music to reflect the changing times and the excitement of the era. Noir movies of that time had jazzy, hard-hitting, gritty, moving themes with avant-garde, abstract, animated titles. I wanted music like that, so I turned to Katharine Seaton, a very talented composer from England, and asked her what she could do for me. Well, she came back with this, and I was blown away. I think you will be, too, and like me, you'll be able to see the abstract animation of a film's opening credits running through your head as this fantastic piece plays out.
"The Bird and the Snake" will feature a special introduction from Rhiannon McAfee of the "Rex Rivetter, Private Eye" audio drama podcast series, plus excellent performances from the Narada Radio Company troupe. We plan to release it before the end of February, so watch for that and keep your fingers crossed!
Find more of Katie Seaton's music here: https://soundcloud.com/katie-seaton-565873597
Here is our penultimate episode of Pulp-Pourri Theatre: "The Cask of Amontillado", by Edgar Allan Poe, followed by the poems "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven". Adapted, produced and directed by Pete Lutz.
Today's release date, 1/29/18, is the 173rd anniversary of the original publication date of "The Raven". It also happens to be my 55th birthday. :-) If you want to give me the perfect gift, please listen and enjoy, and share with your friends!
CAST OF "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO":
MONTRESOR: Jason D. Johnson
FORTUNATO: Pete Lutz
INTRODUCED BY: Ele Matelan of Wildclaw Theater, Chicago, Illinois
Music sourced from 16th & 17th Century Italian compositions
"ANNABEL LEE" recited by Jackie Ayers
"THE RAVEN" recited by Pete Lutz
MUSIC FOR POEMS BY: Tom Rory Parsons
ANNOUNCERS: Lisa Ayala, Gareth Severn
PULP-POURRI THEATRE THEME: Rich Wentworth
OPENING ANNOUNCER: Gene Lutz, Rich Wentworth
Our final episode will be "The Bird and the Snake", adapted from a story by Clem Hanlon. Music specially composed for this episode by Katherine Seaton. Don't miss it -- coming soon!
Welcome to our 2nd of two teasers for Episode 9 of Season 4 of Pulp-Pourri Theatre's fourth and final season! The Raven is perhaps the most famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, and one of the most famous in poetry history. It's the tale of a lost soul desperately trying to forget his lost love, while at the same time trying to deal with a recalcitrant raven who just so happens to drop by. Coincidence? We hardly think so. But we do hope you enjoy it!
THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in January 1845. This reading is by Pete Lutz, and music was specially composed and performed by Tom Rory Parsons.
Episode 9, Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", will be launched no later than January 29th, 2018, the 173rd anniversary of The Raven's original publishing date.
Here's one of two teasers for Episode 9 of Pulp-Pourri Theatre's fourth and final season: Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem "Annabel Lee", recited by Narada Radio Company member Jackie Ayers, with music specially composed for this piece by Tom Rory Parsons. Enjoy!
Episode 9 is Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado", featuring the voices of Jason D. Johnson as the narrator/protagonist, Montresor, and Pete Lutz as the fat, foolish, unfortunate Fortunato.
Our next teaser will be Poe's dark classic, "The Raven", also with music by Mr. Tom. Don't miss it!
It's the best time of the year! And here is our holiday gift to you, our listeners, a minisode of comedy, some in a Christmas theme, some, admittedly not. But all of it is genuine comedy, fresh and lively, and enjoyable at any time of year. What's on the table? See below, and happy listening! Thanks for your support in 2017 and we hope you'll come back for more next year!
1. SAYONARA, CHUPACABRA! A message from our newest sponsor. (Pete Lutz as Ridgely Riggs)
2. BIX BIXBY BOOK REVIEW #7: Bix and his Art Players dramatize a scene from a book that's been quite a popular holiday gift for many generations. (Nick Wommack as Bix Bixby and Brakeman, Pete Lutz as Philboyd Studge and Engineer)
3. MAN-VOICED BABY: A preview of the newest program being offered on the Turnbuckle Television Cartel. (Derek Lutz: Hoyt Streibeck; Drew Profit: Man-Voiced Baby; Nora Estela Gutierrez: Mother; Edward Champion: Dry-Cleaning Man; Pete Lutz: Father)
WELCOME BACK, PULPATEERS! It's been several months since we launched the last new episode of Pulp-Pourri Theatre, and it's good to be back! For this episode we journey to the Red Planet for a weird sci-fi adventure that takes place both under the surface and in a completely different universe. It's called "The Eyes of Thar" and was penned by the prolific pulpster, Henry Kuttner.
Kuttner lived a short life, dying in 1958 at the age of 42, but in that time he published dozens of short stories for the pulps, 18 or more novels, and just as many stories for the Golden-Age Green Lantern comic book series. If you haven't heard of Kuttner, perhaps you've read a story published under one of 17 different pseudonyms; his contemporaries felt he'd been cheated out of his well-deserved fame, because his fans didn't know he'd written so many stories under so many names.
"The Eyes of Thar" was originally published under the Kuttner name in the Fall 1944 issue of Planet Stories. The adaptation was written by Pete Lutz in 2014 and recorded in 2016, with some pick-up lines recorded in 2017. Ms. Morizawa's introduction was recorded in 2017.
Stay tuned after the episode to hear a very special announcement for a worthy organization.
GUEST INTRODUCTION by Julia Morizawa of "The Bright Sessions" podcast
ANNOUNCER, QUIANA, and THE CREATURE: Kristy Glick
SAMUEL DANTAN and THE SHAMAN: Pete Lutz
Musical score composed and performed by Tom Rory Parsons
Post-production and sound design by MJ Cogburn
Pulp-Pourri Theatre theme composed and performed by Rich Wentworth
Opening announcements by Gene Lutz and Rich Wentworth
COMING UP NEXT: Episode 9, "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
P.S. Thanks to all of you, November 2017 is the biggest month I can remember -- we exceeded 4,000 downloads! That's amazing, and I hope we'll continue to grow like this. Tell your friends, and make sure you don't miss an episode!
Howdy, pard'ners! Here's the first new chapter of our award-winnin' Western saga since June, and we hope you enjoy it. Jake finds himself out of the fryin' pan an' into the fire in this installment, which we call "Joining the Gang!"
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
JAKE DIMES: Dana Gonsalves
BIRCH HICKAM: Tommy Gragg
CHRIS GREENSLATE: Victoria Fancki
BETTY JO HICKAM: Kristy Glick
FRED GREENSLATE: Joe Stofko
BRAX: Lothar Tuppan
JOE: Mark Kalita
LUPE: Debby Leal-Ramirez
ANNOUNCERS: Glenn Higbee and Darren Rockhold
"Jake Dimes Theme" composed by Pete Lutz, arranged and performed by Dr. Ross Bernhardt. The series was written, directed and produced by Pete Lutz, and stars the Narada Radio Company.
Keep an "eye" out for our next new episode of Pulp-Pourri Theatre, "The Eyes of Thar", an exciting sci-fi pulp adventure, coming very soon!
The next chapter of Jake Dimes, Range Detective should be ready sometime in December, and it's called "Bloody Business!"
Since 2013, World Audio Drama Day -- October 30th -- has been calling our attention to the existence, and the creation, and the preservation of audio drama. Not only the old stuff your grandparents talked about: new programs as well, that are being created every day by modern-day producers. Some are brilliant; others are barely listenable. But all of them contribute to the genre, and all are worthy of some kind of recognition. That's why W.A.D.D. was created. It's no coincidence that it's tied in with the anniversary of Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" broadcast -- and I hope, if you're here and reading this, that you already know the significance of Orson Welles in my life.
But enough about the Day. Here's our offering for W.A.D.D. 2017, a live recording of my adaptation of Robert Bloch's short story, "Return to the Sabbath", performed at Pulpfest '17 in Pittsburgh. We hope you enjoy it. Our show is significant in that it brought together three independent audio drama producers: Austin Beach, of Audioblivious Productions, who with his team creates the "Wynabego Warrior" comedy series; Ed Champion, whose seminal "Gray Area" series is making waves; and myself. All of us met in person for the first time in that location, and we hit it off like gangbusters, and performed pretty well together, too, I think. Also present were Cora Devoir, a Pittsburgh local, who volunteered to join us in the madness, and my sons Derek (who drove over from Norfolk, VA), and Keane, who flew with me. To have my boys involved was a very special treat for me indeed.
ANNOUNCER/VITO/REPORTER: Derek Lutz
MILO MAYO: Pete Lutz
LESLIE KINCAID/SYLVIA CHANNING: Cora Devoir of Arcade Comedy Theater
EDWARD RELCH/KARL JORLA: Edward Champion of Gray Area Productions
STUDIO BOSS/BLESKIND: Austin Beach of Audioblivious Productions
MUSIC COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY Dr. Ross Bernhardt with some passages by Kevin MacLeod of incompetech dot com
SFX & MUSIC CUES: Keane Lutz
POST-PRODUCTION SOUND TWEAKING BY: Steve Blizin, Ryan Baldwin, Daniel Burnett (thanks, guys!)
ADDITIONAL POST-PRODUCTION FINE-TUNING BY: Pete Lutz
Here's another "lost" episode from the vault, a baseball yarn just in time for the World Series 2017!
ANYTHING TO OBLIGE was a story penned by Samuel G. Camp, published in the June 19, 1920 issue of All-Story Magazine. I adapted it and released it the first time at archive dot org on June 19, 2014.
Our cast includes Bob Caro, Dana Gonsalves, Nancy Bueler, Gene Giggy, Kevin Schuster and Derek Lutz, with a cameo by the director.
Enjoy! (Even non-sports fans will enjoy this one!)
Reissued here as a standalone episode (originally released a year ago today as the main feature of Narada Audio Drive-In #1) in order for our listeners to hear it in advance of World Audio Drama Day 2017. Enjoy this creepy offering!
WARNING: RATED R.
Posted here for Audioverse Award consideration, this is the theme for the western serial, "Jake Dimes, Range Detective". It was composed by Pete Lutz and arranged/performed by Dr. Ross Bernhardt. First aired as the theme in October 2016.
Four our third annual feature created especially for Jack Ward's Sonic Society Summerstock Playhouse, the Narada Radio Company stars in a remake of the classic Old-Time Radio program, "Meridian 7-1212", which originally aired on CBS Radio in 1939.
I'm very proud of this production and I believe you'll enjoy hearing it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Cast of MERIDIAN 7-1212:
ANNOUNCERS – Derek Lutz, Ashe Thurman
Time service operators:
DOT DAY – Aileen Corpos
MISS TANNER – Rhiannon McAfee
HELEN CLEARY – Angela Young
MISS WALLACE, THEIR SUPERVISOR – Geri Elliff
Other phone operators:
HOTEL OPERATOR – Rhiannon McAfee
BRITISH OPERATOR – Sarah Golding
BRITISH OVERSEAS OPERATOR – Alex Moore
AMERICAN OPERATOR – Stephanie Jordan
WRITER FOR MANHATTANITE MAGAZINE – Jackie Ayers
JIM FAWCETT – Peter M. Howard
MR. BRADLEY, MANAGER OF TIME SERVICE – Pete Lutz
JOHN – Joe Martinez
GRACE, HIS WIFE – Nancy Gaugler
JOE AND SCOTT, AMERICAN DRUNKS IN LONDON – Pete Lutz, Dana Gonsalves
PERCIVAL, BRITISH DESK CLERK – Jason D. Johnson
ED, A LAWYER – Alan Clower
NEAL, HIS ASSISTANT – Micah Blain
JOHNSON, A CRIMINAL – Nick Wommack
Friends, as you may know, Pulp-Pourri Theatre is in its fourth and final season. We're not going away entirely, but we are on hiatus while our director is working on other projects and gearing up to bring you not only our final five episodes, but also What-Comes-Next.
So please enjoy this promo, and don't forget about us in the meantime! We love our listeners and we do this audio drama thing for you.
Pete and the Narada Radio Company
HERE'S ANOTHER "LOST" EPISODE from the vaults – a tale of the "Average Joe", the Everyman. A light-hearted look at one man's post-war journey toward making a new, better life for himself. This is "Holy Moses Murphy", originally released in March, 2014, and was Episode 5 of Season 1.
ANNOUNCER: Lisa Ayala
EDDIE CROSBY: Austin Tower
HOLY MOSES MURPHY: Carl Yowell
MARY MONTGOMERY: Katherine Crawford
MIKE HANNIGAN: Larry Hutchison
BOX LUNCH GUY: Pete Lutz
SPECIAL FEATURES CAST:
Derek Lutz, Pete Lutz
Originally released elsewhere on 7-10-14, "Tall, Dark & 4-F" is a romance adapted from a story by Vina Lawrence that appeared in a 1943 issue of "New Love" magazine.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
ANNOUNCER: Lisa Ayala
SALLY BLAINE: Katherine Crawford
NICK THOMAS: Nick Wommack
EDDIE PHILLIPS: Austin Hanna
JOHN PHILLIPS: Skeeter Ullman
MRS. BLAINE: Lisa Espinoza
DIANE: Canela Pennington
MOLLY JONES: Nicole Sanchez
"INSOMNIA THEATRE" with Micah Blain, Lisa Espinoza, Pete Lutz, Andres Elizondo II
"STOOPNAGLE'S COFFEE" commercial with Dana Gonsalves
"PHILBOYD STUDGE INTERVIEW" with Skeeter Ullman and Pete Lutz
WITH THIS RELEASE we announce our hiatus! If you heard the opening statement you know why. See you back here in a few months!
I'm honestly shocked that I hadn't posted this before now, our 2015 entry for the Sonic Society's Summerstock Playhouse: Our pretty decent remake of the Lux Radio Theater's 1951 adaptation of Carol Reed's 1949 film, "The Third Man".
In case you didn't know, the Summerstock Playhouse brings you, every Summer, a handful of old-time radio remakes from modern-day audio drama producers. As I indicated above, this was our first entry, and I'd already released our production from last year, "Good Ghost" from the Quiet, Please radio series. It's no coincidence that I went looking for our first production -- earlier this week I wrapped post-production on this year's entry, "Meridian 7-1212" from the 1939 Columbia Workshop series broadcast. This new one will be featured at the Sonic Summerstock in the last weekend of July.
Find the Summerstock Playhouse at http://sonicsociety.org/category/sonic-summer/ There's a special thing going on this summer to honor the memory of our dear friend Bill Hollweg: click on the link to find out more.
Meantime, here's the cast of THE THIRD MAN. Enjoy the show!
Announcer – Lisa Marie Ayala
John Milton Kennedy – Larry Hutchison
William Keighley – Christian Ferris
Harry Lime – Pete Lutz
Holly Martins – Alan Clower
Major Calloway – Jason D. Johnson
Sergeant Paine – Dana Gonsalves
Baron Kurtz – Nick Wommack
The Porter – Eric Lutz
The Porter's Wife – Tamara Merson Wren
Hotel Clerk – Kevin Schuster
Anna Schmidt – Leanne King
Landlady – Merilee Robinson
Dr. Winkel – John Valadez
Libby Collins, Hollywood Reporter – Darrin Ruiz
Mr. Popescu – Jordan Bruster-Campo
Viennese Bystander – Christian Ferris
Little Boy – Bailey Roberts
Father – Skeeter Ullmann
Irene Winston, Actress – Kendra Womack
Captain Brodsky – Carl Yowell
German Policemen – Pete Lutz
Priest – Dana Gonsalves
Welcome back to Pulp-Pourri Theatre, this is our all-new episode, "Ghost Lanterns", adapted from a story by Alan B. LeMay, that originally appeared in the 12/20/22 issue of Adventure magazine. Our producer/director, Pete Lutz, wrote this adaptation in 2014.
Our cast includes the creator of THE SONIC SOCIETY podcast, Mr. Jack Ward, who introduces this episode.
Others in the cast include:
Lisa Ayala – ANNOUNCER
Nick Wommack – THE MATE
Pete Lutz – CAP DORKIN
Owen McCuen – BILL GRIMES
Carl Yowell – JOE BATES
Russ Walker – SHARKY STEVE
Alan Clower – MR. HARRIS
Jason D. Johnson – CAPT. GRAVES
Derek Lutz – JIMMY THE COOK
Please stay with us to the end to hear a very special public service announcement. ENJOY THE SHOW!
Just in time for Father's Day, here's the new mini-sode, which we call "A Word from Our Sponsors". Just a few loose commercials that would have run during "The Narada Audio Drive-In", were that still running as scheduled, but too good to let sit around, if you want my opinion.
Anyway, here are commercials from longtime sponsors Arrowhawk Trail Mix, Stoopnagle's Coffee, and The Turnbuckle Television Cartel, featuring the voices of (in order of appearance): ASHLEY CARROLL, BOB CARO, and (Special Guest Voice) JULIA MORIZAWA of "The Bright Sessions Podcast".
Following these spots is a special announcement, so please stay with us till the end.
Spots and jingles written by Pete Lutz
Music for Turnbuckle Television Cartel spot by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech dot com
Other music from the Public Domain
Here's our special re-release of Chapter 5, originally part of the Narada Audio Drive-In #5, now coupled with the ALL-NEW, never-before-released Chapter 6!
Chapter 5, "Hog-Tied", and Chapter 6, "Red-Headed Stranger", were written, directed and produced by Pete Lutz, and star the Narada Radio Company.
JAKE DIMES: Dana Gonsalves
CHRIS GREENSLATE: Kristen diMercurio
FRED GREENSLATE: Joe Stofko
BIRCH HICKAM: Tommy Gragg
Other voices as mentioned in closing credits.
Coming to you from the Good Quality Value Network (GQVN), this segment features presenters Buffy Mae Updike and Grady September Morning, demonstrating the wonderful and one-of-a-kind new household product, "The Cheez-Finger"!
BUFFY MAE UPDIKE: Kendra Womack
GRADY SEPTEMBER MORNING: John Washington
Music: "Deadly Roulette" by Kevin MacLeod
"Grandstand" theme from the BBC archives
This mini-sode was written, produced and directed by Pete Lutz
**Your comments either here or at iTunes are greatly appreciated! Thanks for listening.
AT LAST! AT LAST! The newest episode of Pulp-Pourri Theatre! Many apologies for making you wait, and I hope you find it was worth it.
"The King's Prerogative" tells the story of a poor man who is released from prison by the king of Trayga, but only if he performs a special favor for the monarch. Written by Mike Murphy and adapted by Pete Lutz, it's the tale of deceit, murder and witchcraft!
Stay tuned after the show to hear promos for two of my favorite podcasts!
ANNOUNCER: Lisa Ayala
KING: Edward Champion of Gray Area Productions
GUARD 1: Omar Lopez
PRAG: Micah Blain
QUEEN: Lisa Michaud
GUARD 2: Christian Ferris
NARA: Ashley Kristeen Vega
KOLCH: Jessica Matthews
CAPTAIN OF THE KING'S GUARD: Owen McCuen
LADIES-IN-WAITING: Fiona Thraille, Sarah Golding, Mj Cogburn, Tanja Milojevich, Ashe Thurman
MUSIC COMPOSED BY TOM RORY PARSONS
Here are chapters 3 & 4 in the continuing saga of our Old West hero, Jake Dimes! Our chapters are entitled, "Ambush on the Trail", and "Arrested!"
I'm happy to say that we have received two fantastic reviews at iTunes, so if you get a chance to see them, please do. I agree with their sentiments wholeheartedly, of course. :-) And while you're there, why not leave a review yourself? It takes but a mere pittance of time and you'll feel so goo-ooood afterwards!
Thanks for being loyal fans, and if you're just joining us for the first time, please listen to chapters 1 & 2 before you listen to this one. Thank you!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Narada Audio Drive-In is no more but both Pulp-Pourri Theatre and Jake Dimes are, so we're re-issuing the first five chapters so you can hear them as standalone eps before we launch the all-new sixth chapter!
Enjoy! "The King's Prerogative", our next Pulp-Pourri Theatre presentation, is still in production but will be released before the end of May. (I hope...)
Thanks for being loyal listeners! Show your love by leaving us a short review at iTunes. We haven't had a new one in several months and could use a little cheering up. ;-)
Just a brief promo telling you, our beloved listeners, what you can expect from us in 2018! Let the spine-tingling begin!!
Originally released in November 2013, this is the absolute last original episode from the archives that we can post. And to be honest I didn't want to release this one because of the sound quality. But I've had it cleaned up a bit by Steve Blizin of the Drift and Ramble podcast (check his show out on iTunes, it's awesome), and I think it's ready to be heard (again).
Here's our cast:
Dana Gonsalves as Larry Halder, Micah Blain as Lieutenant Rodson, Wendy Sauer as Mildred, Pete Lutz as Tony Cintrella, Geri Elliff as Clara Lorn, and Andres Elizondo II as Nick Tanner. Additional voices were supplied by Kevin Schuster, Larry Hutchison, and Jordan Bruster-Campo....Your announcer was Lisa Ayala.
”What Bleeds is What Leads” was originally published as the short story “Red Dawn” by Don James, and appeared in the September 1946 issue of “Dime Mystery Magazine”. It was adapted by Pete Lutz, who also directed and produced this program.