Classic Crime Fighters come to life at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


From damsels in distress to the end of the world, "Classic Crime Fighters," the third and final installment of this year's radio dramas at Fairfield University brings heroism to Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. Friday's performance will take place at 8 p.m. and Saturday's shows will be presented at 3 and 8 p.m. The shows will be held in the Wien Experimental Theatre.

Director and actor Daniel Smith of New Haven will recreate three episodes of some of radio's most popular and dramatic shows. The cast includes Bernard Maher of Ridgefield; Josiah Rowe of Cheshire; Dakota Shephard of Brooklyn, N.Y.; John Watson of New Haven; and Kimberly Mikenis of New Haven. Sound effects director, Ted Powell of Stratford, will provide live sound effects making for a visually stimulating aspect of the show. Fairfield University sophomore, Rob Piontek of North Haven, will assist Powell.

The characters appear in vintage 1940s clothing in front of the CBS logo to give the audience a taste of what people may have seen in the studio more than 60 years ago.

"Gallows to Guns" is recreated from an original Lone Ranger episode. America's greatest western hero and his faithful companion, Tonto, ride in to save the day, accompanied by the original Lone Ranger theme song, of course. Legendary horse Silver comes to life, courtesy of Powell using half coconut shells on gravel.

Only one hero knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men - The Shadow. In "Poison Death," a darker episode, The Shadow uses his hypnotic power to capture the villain who is using chemical toxins to pollute people's water supply.

The final episode is "The Corpse in the Murphy Bed." This is a humorous drama focusing on the cases of private eye Sam Spade. Following him through the streets of San Francisco, listeners are in for a good, wisecracking caper.

Tickets for the show are $10. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 7, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 217