THE MUTUAL STAGE: Charade
Hearkening back to such classic series as Lux Radio Theatre and Mercury Theatre On the Air, The Mutual Stage presents all-new adaptations of films and stage plays, sourced from the public domain. In our inaugural effort, director/producer Pete Lutz has assembled an Oscar-worthy cast to bring you his adaptation of the hit 1963 film, CHARADE. Get set for comedy, adventure, and romance, as we tell the story of a recent widow whose husband stole a quarter of a million dollars -- and now his partners want that money back! NARADA RADIO COMPANY
Darren Rockhold as THE ANNOUNCER
Jack Ward as THE HOST
Greg McAfee as GRANDPIERRE, BARTHOLOMEW, MARINE
Karim C. Kronfli as PETER JOSHUA
Rhiannon McAfee as REGGIE
Gwendolyn Lim as JEAN-LOUIS
Lisa Michaud as SYLVIE
Dana Gonsalves as GIDEON and BRITISH DELEGATE
Pete Lutz as TEX, GENDARME, EMBASSY TELEPHONE OPERATOR, MONSIEUR FELIX
Ian Federgreen as "BARTHOLOMEW"
Chuck Wilson as SCOBIE
Tanja Milojevic as ITALIAN DELEGATE
Carole Krohn as FRENCH DELEGATE
Geri Elliff as FUNERAL ATTENDANT, WAITER, VENDOR, CRUIKSHANK'S SECRETARY
MUSIC BY Dr. Ross Bernhardt
Adapted, produced & directed by PETE LUTZ
PROJECT AUDION 39 - Little Ham from Harlem, by Langston Hughes
Project Audion presents a world premiere of an unrealized radio play by the famed Black poet Langston Hughes. What might radio drama's Golden Age of the 1930s, '40s and '50s have sounded like had Black creators been allowed time on the airwaves? Back then, radio was almost exclusively a stage for White entertainers, with only a handful of secondary roles and occasional guest appearances offered to people of color. In 1943, Langston Hughes took the lead characters from a successful theatrical comedy he had written eight years earlier - "Little Ham from Harlem" - and proposed creating a daily soap opera around them. Hamlet Jones of the Singing Shoe Shine Parlor, and Tiny Lee, his "stout but beautiful" lady friend, would have been the main focus of radio's first Black soap opera. It would have taken the radio audience around Harlem life as Hughes knew it, encompassing everything from numbers-running to local night spots. But "Little Ham" would have not been just a soap opera. It was also full of comedy, and each episode was deliberately scripted to feature songs from the cast worked into the action. Langston Hughes wrote the show's first two 15 minute episodes, then shopped his concept to networks, syndicators, and advertising agencies. But in the 1940s, no one would take a chance on such a progressive idea. As Hughes noted some years later, 'My Agents stated flatly "It is just abut impossible to sell a Negro writer to Hollywood or radio, and they use Negro subject matter very rarely."' His two completed scripts for "Little Ham" were filed away, unproduced and unheard. Now Project Audion brings the show to life for the first time.
"Little Ham from Harlem" features the talents of Black actors from across America, and is preceded by an interview with Dr. Vanessa Valdez, Director of City College of New York's annual Langston Hughes festival, who offers insights into Langston Hughes' work and impact.
Our cast features:
LITTLE HAM: Lee J. Green, NE
BUSTER: Robert Stevenson, IN
SHINGLE: Willie Macon, FL
PAPA MACK: Carl Thomas, TX
TINY LEE: Yle Blackburn, CT
SUGAR LOU: Tabetha McNeal, VA
LAWYER / STRANGER: Sean Massey, TX
ANNOUNCER / CUSTOMER: Norval Soleyn, NY
with production and direction by Larry Groebe in Texas
The choke of fog on the air…The taste of fear, more bitter than any almond…Who can save the British Empire of Great Britain in its hour of need?
For one night only The Wireless Theatre Company resurrected the world’s greatest detective partnership for a live audio recording; Sherlock Holmes Strikes Back!
Sherlock Holmes Strikes Back! Takes you on a funny, fast-paced adventure against some of England’s deadliest foes, with all the excitement of a live radio recording.
Starring: Peter Davis, Matthew Woodcock, Panny Skrivanos and Laura Marshall.
The Wireless Theatre Company
Contains adult language and content. Parental discretion is advised.
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