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