Live Radio Dramas: "Radio Oddities"
(Posted on January 17, 2012)
8 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2012
3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012
Wien Experimental Theatre
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Who: Live Radio Dramas is presented by a talented ensemble of actors and actresses who have been involved with Radio Drama productions at the Quick Center since 2000. Cast members include Brianne Bresky, Gary Cavello, Geoffrey Gilbert, Michael Sayers, Joe Mango, and John Watson. Daniel Smith, the series originator, is directing the production and adding live sound effects. He also composed original music for the show, to be performed by a string and wind quartet, and will join them on the piano and organ. Other band members include: Daniel Lee, violin; Yumi Oshima, viola; Agnes Nagy, cello; and Patrick Lombardo, clarinet/bass clarinet.
What: "Radio Oddities"
With "oddities" as the theme, this re-creation of 1940s radio performances features a range of unusual radio material, both comedic and haunting. Melodramatic music, overblown live sound effects and vintage commercials keep the pace going throughout the performance. The program includes "The Undecided Molecule" (1945), a crazy courtroom drama performed entirely in rhymed meter that originally starred, among others, Vincent Price and Groucho Marx. Also, a chilling piece, called "Pavane" (1947), begins when a little girl ghost appears after a sad piece of music is played, but ends with a surprising and emotional twist. Other "oddities" to be performed include "Hello, Sucker," a series of true stories of con men in small businesses, "Robinson Crusoe Junior," a justifiably short-lived children's adventure serial program, and "Calling All Stamp Collectors," a show that should never have happened. These Live Radio Drama performances are dedicated to Norman Corwin, one of the greats of radio writing, who died this year, and who wrote "The Undecided Molecule."
When: 8 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2012; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012.
Where: Wien Experimental Theatre, Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT
Admission: $25. The Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396).
Location: The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.fairfield.edu/quick
Vol. 44, No. 167