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Tomes of Terror II: A Staged Radio Thrillogy

26 Oct

All right –  I’m appearing in the coolest show ever.  It’s a live action radio play, with people making live sound effects – ya know, the coconuts for the horses and the whatnot.  

October 29, 30, 31 at the First Parish Church in Somerville, MA.  The craziness commences at 7:30pm.  It’s spoooooky.

Behold our mighty press release (below the cut):

THE POST-MERIDIAN RADIO PLAYERS PREPARE LIVE RADIO DRAMAS FOR HALLOWEEN

A classic comedy from the Golden Age of Radio, a chilling Gothic
horror story about the wiles of a female vampire, and a tale of terror
on the high seas make up this year’s “Tomes of Terror II” a Halloween
‘Staged-Radio Thrillogy’ being performed by the Post-Meridian Radio
Players.

The Somerville-based PMRP have been performing live radio plays
for Halloween since a fundraiser for a local filmmaker in 2005. Their
re-creation of Arch Oboler’s “Chicken Heart”, the infamous lost episode
of the seminal horror series “Lights Out!”, was very well-received. To
capitalize on the success of that performance, the PMRP produced a full
evening of radio plays for Halloween the following year.

The original “Tomes of Terror” featured live re-creations of a 1939
Halloween-themed episode of “Fibber McGee and Molly” and adaptations of
two short stories: the classic horror tale “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W.
Jacobs and local author Edith Wharton’s ghostly yarn, “The Lady Maid’s
Bell”.

This year’s show, “Tomes of Terror II”, will feature:

•”Halloween Party” — From the classic comedy series “Our Miss
Brooks”, which originally aired on CBS Radio and starred Eve Arden and
Gale Gordon. In this re-creation of a 1949 Al Lewis episode, Constance
Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, agrees to host her
students’ Halloween party in order to dunk for apples with Mr. Boynton,
the science teacher for whom she holds a candle. But she hasn’t figured
on Principal Conklin’s blood pressure!

(note: Amelie plays a dotty old lady in that one.  She’s pretty hilarious. You know what else is hilarious?  The fact that I will be referring to her as “my old lady” all week.)

 •”Carmilla” — An adaptation of J. Sheridan LeFanu’s 1872 novella,
written for CBC Radio’s terrifying horror series “Nightfall” by Graham
Pomeroy and John Douglas in 1982. In this story, inspiration for Bram
Stoker’s “Dracula”, a young woman dreams of a friend her own age. But
in the dark depths of the Black Forest, nothing is quite what it seems
and she gets more than she ever wanted. A chilling tale of childish
fantasy and lost innocence.

(note: my friend Amy plays the sweet and innocent vamp victim in this play.  She’s pretty virginal. DJ_Avatar directed this one.)

 •”The Stone Ship” — Another adaptation from “Nightfall”, this one
written by Len Peterson in 1981 and based on William Hope Hodgson’s
eerie 1914 sea-bound thriller. In 1887, the crew of the merchant
windjammer “Alfred Jessop”, adrift for days and shrouded in an
unnatural mist, stumble across the wreck of an impossible ship.
Venturing aboard the derelict challenges the sanity of a stalwart
British sea captain and his faithful crew.

(note: I play the Captain of the Alfred Jessop, whose name just happens to be… Alfred Jessop.  I’m pretty awesome too.  Audioboy directs.)

 The Post-Meridian Radio Players’ live shows feature local actors,
a team of artists making sound effects with everyday (and not-so-
everyday) objects, atmospheric digital audio effects, live musical
accompaniment and a creepy, enigmatic host called The Librarian. These
performances raise money to support the PMRP’s studio productions.
Currently underway is their first original project, “Red Shift:
Interplanetary Do-Gooder
“, a quirky sci-fi comedy that pays homage to
the classic sci-fi serials of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

“Tomes of Terror II” will be performed Monday through Wednesday,
October 29th through 31st, at 7:30 PM at the First Congregational
Church of Somerville, 89 College Avenue, just four blocks up from the
Davis Square T Station. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students
and seniors.

Further information about the show, ticket reservations, and the
PMRP in general may be found on their website at http://pmrp.org.

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