Here's a re-release from our recent 11th Hour Audio line-up for World Audio Drama Day 2018, one in which the Narada Radio Company and I helped to make: "The Opportunist", written especially for 2018 11th Hour by Steve Schneider. Directed and recorded by yours truly, and edited/mixed by MJ Cogburn of Darker Projects. Music by Ross Bernhardt. The folk song "Knoxville Girl", sung with very little skill by the director, is in the public domain.
Jason D. Johnson as GRAVES
Alan Clower as NORTON
Nick Wommack as HENRY
Dana Gonsalves as DEACON
Pete Lutz as LUCKY
Russ Walker as ROY
Ross Bernhardt as MORTY
Mark Rigsby as MacCLELLAN
Alisha Strand-Mueller, Jessica Mathews and Lisa Ayala as THE WRAITHS
Darren Rockhold as CREDITS ANNOUNCER
Art by Kessi Riliniki
Next week: Another 11th Hour bonus!
Greetings, fellow Wellesians, Wellsians, OTR-lovers, Mars-lovers (not Bruno), historians, and seekers! Today, in honor of World Audio Drama Day (observed annually, every October 30th) 2018, 63audio is proud to present a special panel discussion featuring the following friends and fellow audio drama makers (in alphabetical order):
Ed Champion of "The Gray Area" podcast
Joe Griffin and Ele Matelan of Wildclaw Theatre Chicago
Jeff Niles of 4077th Productions
Aimee Pavy of "12 Chimes, It's Midnight" podcast
We're discussing the historic and fateful "War of the Worlds" radio program from the Mercury Theatre on the Air, first broadcast on CBS on 10/30/38. Then we're playing the 50th anniversary tribute-remake first broadcast on NPR on 10/30/88. Then we come back and talk about that, comparing it to the original. Fun, freewheeling discussion abounds! So what are you waiting for? Start listening, eh? And enjoy!
Welcome back! If you've been here for the three previous weeks, you know that we're re-releasing our four 2018 "Sonic Summerstock Playhouse" festival offerings. We hope you enjoyed last week's presentation "ESCAPE: THE ADAPTIVE ULTIMATE". And now it's time to enjoy our fourth and final one, an episode of the "Arch Oboler's Plays" series, entitled "Rocket From Manhattan". Originally broadcast on September 20, 1945, I believe on NBC.
The play and the point of view was written and cast all-male. I decided to go against type and cast every single role with a woman. I changed the genders in the dialog as well, for the most part (except when they spoke of "mankind"; I left that alone). I believe it works very well this way, and further, that Mr. Oboler would approve.
Announcer 1: Ele Matelan
Announcer 2: Alisha Strand-Mueller
MAJOR RUSSELL: Geri Elliff
DOCTOR CHAMBERLAIN: Lori Bryant
LIEUTENANT REYNOLDS: Victoria Fancki
Produced & directed by Pete Lutz
Welcome back! If you've been here for the two previous weeks, you know that we're re-releasing our four 2018 "Sonic Summerstock Playhouse" festival offerings. We hope you enjoyed last week's presentation "ARSENIC AND OLD LACE". And now it's time to enjoy our third one, an episode of the great radio series "Escape", called THE ADAPTIVE ULTIMATE! Originally broadcast on CBS, March 26, 1949.
Our cast of this radio remake is made up of members of the new Empire Audio Network. All of us are actors and producers in our own right. Here are our players:
VOICE 1 – Mike Janson
ANNOUNCER – Orlando Segarra
DR. DANIEL SCOTT – Gabe Templin
DR. BACH – Pete Lutz
KYRA ZELAS - Rachel Craig
OFFICER – Will Snyder
PROSECUTOR – Austin Beach
SALVATORE – Jack Ward
DEFENSE ATTORNEY – Boyd Barrett
JUDGE – Pete Lutz
MRS. GETZ – MJ Cogburn
1ST COMMENTATOR - Jeremy Hennessy
2ND COMMENTATOR - Drew Profit
JOHN CALLAN – Jack Ward
VOICE 2 - Pete Lutz
MUSIC BY Dr. Ross Bernhardt
For competition consideration, here is the the theme from PPT S4E8, The Eyes of Thar, composed and performed by Tom Rory Parsons.
You may know already that the Narada Radio Co. has participated in Jack Ward's annual "Sonic Summerstock Playhouse" festival since 2015, and has produced at least one Old-Time Radio remake per year in support of same. This year, however, we were quite prolific, creating a total of four remakes (count 'em! FOUR!) for this very worthy event. We hope you enjoyed last week's entry, THE ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE: 'STAMPED FOR MURDER', and hope you'll come back over the next two Sundays to hear the last two. These final three, it's been explained, were already released during the summer of '18; but if you're not a Sonic Society subscriber, you might have missed 'em, so here's our next entry: NBC BEST PLAYS: "ARSENIC AND OLD LACE"!
Our cast of this radio remake is the same cast used for the stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace, which I directed in 2017 at Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi, Texas. We recorded it on that very stage, too! Here are our players:
ABBY BREWSTER - Michele Barnett
THE REV. DR. HARPER - Michael Pierce
TEDDY BREWSTER - Chuck Wilson
OFFICER BROPHY - Leo Longoria
OFFICER KLEIN - Richard Robinson
MARTHA BREWSTER - Aileen Corpos
MORTIMER BREWSTER - Peter M. Howard
ELAINE HARPER - Shannon Bladow
MR. GIBBS - Rick Yellen
JONATHAN BREWSTER - Jason D. Johnson
DR. EINSTEIN - Joe Martinez
OFFICER O'HARA - Bobby Vela
LIEUTENANT ROONEY - Larry Hutchison
MR. WITHERSPOON - Gene Giggy
You may know already that the Narada Radio Co. has participated in Jack Ward's annual "Sonic Summerstock Playhouse" festival since 2015, and has produced at least one Old-Time Radio remake per year in support of same. This year, however, we were quite prolific, creating a total of four remakes (count 'em! FOUR!) for this very worthy event. Now these that you're going to hear over the next four weeks were already released during the summer of '18; but if you're not a Sonic Society subscriber, you might have missed 'em, so here they are, starting with the first of the four: THE ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE: 'STAMPED FOR MURDER'!
This is a recording of a live performance in March '18, in Port Aransas, Texas. Here's our Narada Radio Company cast:
ANNOUNCER: Tamara Merson Wren
ARCHIE GOODWIN: Ken Yarbrough
NERO WOLFE, the detective: Pete Lutz
GLORIA, the client: Aileen Corpos
RODMAN: Micah Blain
CROSS, swindler: Nora Gutierrez-Perez
HALLECK, swindler: Lisa Espinoza
SANFORD, document forger: Gene Giggy
INSPECTOR CRAMER: Jason D. Johnson
With commercials performed by Merilee Robinson, Michele Barnett and Teddi Giggy
Howdy, buckaroos! Welcome back, an' here's the ninth chapter of the Jake Dimes saga, "Suspected of Murder!" After Jake is found unconscious alongside three dead payroll riders, the whole town is clamoring for justice -- but is our hero guilty of this heinous crime? Listen now an' find out!
JAKE DIMES: Dana Gonsalves
BRIAR BUCK: Austin Beach
SHERIFF CONROY: Jeff Niles
BETTY JO: Kristy Glick
CHRIS GREENSLATE: Victoria Fancki
FRED GREENSLATE: Joe Stofko
LUPE: Debby Leal-Ramirez
HICKAM: Tommy Gragg
JOE: Mark Kalita
BRAX: Lothar Tuppan
OPENING ANNOUNCER: Glenn Higbee
ANNOUNCER: Darren Rockhold
"Jake Dimes, Range Detective" was written, produced and directed by Pete Lutz.
The Jake Dimes Theme was composed by Pete Lutz, and arranged/performed by Dr. Ross Bernhardt.
IN OTHER NEWS: I hope you have subscribed to "The Sonic Society", and have been listening to this year's Sonic Summerstock Playhouse". Some very talented producers have been working hard to bring you a vast selection of Old-Time Radio remakes. The Narada Radio Co.'s first (of four) for this year was "Stamped for Murder", an episode of The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe; coming this Tuesday is our production of NBC Best Plays' "Arsenic and Old Lace"; and last week's selection was produced by our very own Lothar Tuppan, "A Comedy of Danger", an historical and important piece, in that it was the first-ever English-language radio drama, from the 1920s! There's lots more in store, so go to iTunes or sonicsociety dot org, and subscribe!
How-do, li'l Mavericks! It's yur ol' pal again, with a brand-new chapter o' yur fay-vo-right cowboy detective, Jake Dimes! Take a load off an' have a listen to "Bloody Business", chapter 8 of our 12-chapter saga.
Jake's relationship with Hickam seems to be taking a friendlier turn, while his injured pal, Briar Buck, is recovering from his injuries caused by two members of the payroll-robbing gang. Listen now and find out what happens next!
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Dana Gonsalves as JAKE DIMES
Tommy Gragg as HICKAM
Austin Beach as BUCK
Nora Estela Gutierrez as MOLLY SUTCLIFFE
Mark Bruzee as DOC BURNSIDE
Jeff Niles as SHERIFF CONROY
Russell Gold as MR. LEMMON
Mark Kalita as JOE
and Lothar Tuppan as BRAX
With additional voices by Pete Lutz
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.
Our next chapter will be released soon, and is called, "Suspected of Murder"!
Voice reel for Pete Lutz, Voice-Over Talent.
Snippets of commercials for fictitious products. All scripts written and produced by Pete Lutz
Contact Pete at email@example.com
Or on Twitter at @PulpPourriThtr
PRESENTING...our S4 and Series Finale!
RATED R. "The Bird and the Snake" comes from a 1959 issue of Adam Magazine, a slick "girlie-mag", so not technically a pulp story, yet Clem Hanlon's tale of a Polish-American cop in Chi-town really smacks of the pulp style. It took a long time to get us to this point, but I'm proud of this episode, and feel that we're sending Pulp-Pourri Theatre out with a real bang, and not a whimper. I hope you feel the same after hearing it.
Our theme, and transitional music, for this episode was specially composed by Katharine Seaton. I hope you listened to the theme when we posted it as a teaser earlier -- I absolutely love what she did for this episode. Find more of her music here:
HERE'S OUR CAST:
SOPHY SIENKIEWICZ: Geri Elliff
JERCZY “SINK” SIENKIEWICZ: Pete Lutz
JANI YANKOWSKI: Nick Wommack
LENA MARKOWA: Rachel Craig of Evil Kitten Productions
POLICE LT.: Kevin Schuster
DOORMAN: Derek Lutz
HOODS: Christian Ferris, Derek Lutz
MAN: George Hatfield
WANDA MARKOWA: Ebony Rose
ALICE YANKOWSKI: Jessica Matthews
INTRO BY: RHIANNON MCAFEE of "Rex Rivetter, Private Eye" audio drama series
COMING SOON: Four special entries in the Sonic Summerstock Playhouse series -- Old-time Radio re-creations.
AND AFTER THAT: Our new horror series, "THE CELLAR"!
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!