Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre

Fridays 6:30pm-7pm
Darren Hellwege, Byron Scott

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre presents adaptation of classic plays and short stories, along with some original works by local actors and writers. 

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7:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Radio play: Meredith Nicholson's 'The Madness of May' (Part 2)

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio theatre. In keeping with our tradition of bringing you classic stories in an audio format, this presentation is based on a wonderful short story by Meredith Nicholson entitled, "The Madness of May."

This episode is part two of this story of mystery, comedy and larking about. To hear part one, click here. 

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4:41 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Radio play: Meredith Nicholson's 'The Madness of May' (Part 1)

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In keeping with our tradition of bringing you classic stories in an audio format, this week's presentation is based on a wonderful short story by Meredith Nicholson entitled, "The Madness of May." 

It is a story of mystery and comedy, and general larking about -- a story of how spring can bring out a little bit of crazy in all of us. But we're going to keep you in suspense; this episode is only part one. You'll have to come back next week to hear the rest of the tale. 

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4:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Radio play: Anton Chekhov's 'The Safety Match'

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a tale by the famous Russian author Anton Chekhov. While Chekhov wrote many plays, this Maplewood Barn audio presentation is based on a short story called "The Safety Match." 

Although it is a mystery, there are overtones of comedy throughout the story, which is typical of Chekhov's writing. 

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9:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Radio play: "The Revolutionary Room"

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  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. Rather than the classic stories we normally bring you on this program, tonight we present an original script by Brad Buchanan, called "The Revolutionary Room." It involves a young lady, with all the detective prowess of Sherlock Holmes, but who is much more pleasant to the eye. We hope you enjoy the premiere of this original story. 

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5:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Radio play: 'Said the Spider to the Fly'

Welcome to another episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you an old-fashioned yarn, meant to caution unwary young ladies against the dangers of the big city. 

"Said the Spider to the Fly" was adapted for radio by Dave Collins from a Suzanne Buck story that originally appeared in the September 15, 1917 issue of the "All Story Weekly."

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11:28 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Radio play: Pedro de Alarcon's 'The Nail'

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a classic tale of suspense, written by an obscure Spanish author named Pedre de Alarcon. The story is simply called, "The Nail." 

The first English publication of the tale was translated for a series called "Mystery and Detective Stories," edited by Julian Hawthorne, published in 1907. 

 

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11:19 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Radio play: John Kendricks Bang's 'Breakfast Conversations with The Idiot'

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. This episode is based on a book entitled "The Idiot," by John Kendrick Bangs. It was first published in 1895. 

The Idiot was one of Mr. Bangs' most beloved characters, and there are several volumes of his adventures. We have renamed our audio adaptation, "Breakfast Conversatoins with The Idiot," which more accurately captures our version of the story. 

 

 

 

 

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7:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Radio play: Vera Jelihovsky's 'The General's Will'

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio. This week's show is based on a short story by Vera Jelihovsky called "The General's Will." 

A Russian author from the nineteenth century, Ms. Jelihovsky is most famous for her children's stories -- but "The General's Will" is not one of them. This story was published in England posthumously, in 1909, some 13 years after her death. 

This is the tale of a famous general, Yuri Paylovitch Nasimoff, an aristocrat and millionaire who is on his death bed ... 

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7:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Radio play: Raymond Lester's "Oh, Fanny"

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you another classic story first published in the "All-Story Weekly" on November 16, 1919. The tale is called "Oh, Fanny," by Raymond Lester, and it begins on a fall afternoon in New York. 

 

 

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9:49 am
Sat February 15, 2014

"Mrs. Bindle's Discovery," by Herbert Jenkins

Credit Image via Flickr, by Tomylees.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

This week, we bring another quirky, little-known piece by Herbert Jenkins called "Mrs. Bindle's Discovery." It was first published in 1924 by Mr. Jenkins' private publishing firm.

His best-known character is Mr. Joseph Bindle, a furniture mover who lives humbly yet respectably with his wife, Elizabeth. She is a devoutly religious woman, but Mr. Bindle smokes, cusses, and enjoys a sip from the bottle now and then. They make a beautiful couple, in a kind of warped way. 

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4:44 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

"Winsome Winnie," by Stephen Leacock

The cover of an early edition of "Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Tales." New York: John Lane Company. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. Toronto: S. B. Gundy, 1920.
Credit Image via L.W. Currey, Inc. (http://bit.ly/NoU4ig)

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In this episode, you'll hear the story "Winsome Winnie, or Trial and Temptation," by Stephen Leacock. The tale was first published in 1921, in Leacock's book, "Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels."

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10:58 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Spooky stories: "Ring Once for Death" and "How it Happened"

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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. Each week, we bring you another  dramatization of a classic story, and this episode is no exception. 

Our chilling tale for this episode is taken from a short story called "Ring Once for Death," by Robert Arthur. It was first published in 1954, in a magazine called "Amazing Stories."

As a bonus, you'll also get to hear our rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "How it Happened."

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"Ring once for Death"

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10:57 am
Sun February 9, 2014

"Mr. Clackworthy's Pipe Dream," by Christopher B. Booth

The cover of a book featuring several of Christopher Booth's tales about Mr. Clackworthy.
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  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a suspenseful thriller called "Mr. Clackworthy's Pipe Dream,"  by Christopher B. Booth. It was first published in the March 1922 issue of "Detective Story" magazine. 

 

The players:

  • Mr. Clackworthy: Michael Tuley
  • Early Bird: Joe Bogue
  • Plunkett: Jason Christian
  • Sachs: Ian Buchanan
  • Narrator: Byron Scott

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9:36 am
Mon January 20, 2014

P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves in the Springtime"

The cover of "The Inimitable Jeeves," the short story collection in which "Jeeves in the Springtime" was published. The story was originally published in two parts in a magazine, but was later published as a whole in this book.
Credit Original Publisher: Herbert Jenkins / Image via Wikipedia

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring back two of our favorite literary characters: Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves. This production is an adaptation of "Jeeves in the Springtime," one of P.G. Wodehouse's many short stories. 

 

The players:

  • Bertie: Ian Buchanan
  • Jeeves: Byron Scott
  • Bingo: Terry Yates
  • Mabel: Kellie Moore
  • The elder Mr. Little: Brad Buchanan 
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege

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7:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Meredith Nicholson's "A Reversible Santa Clause," part 2

Credit Image via Flickr, by Johnny Grim.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you the conclusion of our two-part Christmas special based on the story "A Reversible Santa Claus," by Meredith Nicholson. (Click here for a podcast of part one.)

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5:05 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Maplewood Barn Christmas Special: "A Reversible Santa Claus," part 1

Image via Flickr, by Johnny Grim.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you the first installment of a two-part Christmas presentation based on the story "A Reversible Santa Claus," by Meredith Nicholson. (The second part will be aired at 6:30 p.m. on KBIA and posted online following the broadcast.)

In keeping with our tradition, the Maplewood Barn Radio Players have chosen a little-known tale by an obscure author as our Christmas present to you. We hope you enjoy it. 

 

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4:55 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Ernest Bramah's "The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage"

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  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you "The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage," adapted frmo a short story by Ernest Bramah. 

Mr. Bramah put a different spin on the traditional detective stories by giving his protagonist, Max Carrodos, a disability -- and this was long before the TV show "Ironsides" was ever conceived. 

Mr. Louis Carlyle, a friend of Max, runs his own private detection agency, and they often collaborate on cases. 

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4:47 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Stories from O. Henry's "The Gentle Grafter"

A remnant of the Old West.
Credit By Great Beyond, via Flickr.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In this episode, we return to the early twentieth century with a few stories from one of our favorite authors, O. Henry. In his book "The Gentle Grafter," Andy Tucker and Jeff Peters are accomplished con men in the Old West. While they are close buddies and usually work well with each other in their swindles, they are often at odds over just how far to take a defraudation. Jeff was always eloquent when the ethics of his profession were under discussion, as you'll learn in the story you're about to hear. 

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7:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

A Maplewood Barn Radio Thanksgiving Special

Squash pie.
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

This week, we bring your two Thanksgiving plays based on short stories from the early 1900s. The first is "Beetle Rings' Thanksgiving Mascot," by Sheldon C. Stoddard. The second is "Bert's Thanksgiving," by J.T. Trowbridge. 

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"Beetle Ring's Thanksgiving Mascot"

  • Joe: Terry Yates
  • Nannie:  Amy Humphrey
  • Pete: Carey Butters
  • Posey: Joe Bogue
  • Skid: Darren Hellwege
  • John: Byron Scott

"Bert's Thanksgiving"

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7:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Stephen Leacock's "Who Do You Think Did It?"

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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a who-dun-it, a mixed-up murder mystery by Stephen Leacock. Oddly enough, it's entitled, "Who Do You Think Did It, or The Mixed-Up Murder Mystery."

Before we begin our story, we should inform the audience that Mr. Leacock added a prefatory note to this tale, stating that anyone who correctly guesses who did it is entitled a beautiful gold watch. They should collect this watch from their spouse or another close relative. 

  

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1:50 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Adventures of Bindle, by Herbert Jenkins

A front cover of "Adventures of Bindle."
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you two adventures of a famous literary character: Mr. Joseph Bindle, the irreverent furniture remover, and his overbearing wife. 

Written by Herbert Jenkins, the Bindle stories were very popular in the early part of the twentieth century. 

We hope you enjoy this presentation of "The Coming of the Lodger" and "Mr. Gupperduck's Mishap." 

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1:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Edna Ferber's "The Homely Heroine" and "The Leading Lady"

Strawberries.
Credit Image courtesy Fried Dough, via Flickr.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you audio presentations of two short stories by Edna Ferber: "The Homely Heroine" and "The Leading Lady."

Ferber's most famous character, Emma McChesney, does not appear in these two stories. Instead, we have delved into some of the more obscure tales by Ferber to bring you a lesser-known but very strong woman named Pearlie Schultz, a most unusual female protagonist. 

We hope you enjoy these two stories about Pearlie, starting with "The Homely Heroine." 

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12:06 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: “Mr. Clackworthy Tells the Truth"

Money.
Credit Image by Evan Townsend

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you a humorous piece of caper fiction called "Mr. Clackworthy Tells the Truth," by Christopher B. Booth. 

It was first published in the Oct. 19, 1920, issue of "Detective Story" magazine. 

We hope you enjoy our presentation of the story.

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12:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: "The Pipe"

Curls of smoke rise from a pipe.
Credit Photo by Keith Williamson, via Flickr.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you a chilling Halloween tale called "The Pipe," published anonymously. 

The story revolves around a mysterious pipe, a gift from one collector to another. 

That gift arrived with a note -- and so begins our show: 

The players:

  • Pugh: Terry Yates
  • Tress: Joe Bogue
  • Brasher: Byron Scott
  • Bob: Brad Buchanan
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege

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7:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Robert Barr's "The Liberation of Wyoming Ed"

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Credit Photo by Jeffrey Beall, via Flickr.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.  This week, we bring you a detective story by Robert Barr. It parodies Conan Doyle's famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Our hero is Eugene Valmont, whose name is probably not familiar to you. He's a private detective in New York, though for several years he served as the head of the Secret Service in Washington. If you've never heard of him, it's because the records of his exploits are buried with other classified documents, which have remained undisclosed for national security reasons.

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9:59 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: 'Wanted: A Wife'

In this episode, the Maplewood Barn Radio Players present Carlotta M. Hardy's "Wanted: A Wife."
Credit Photo by Kellie Kotraba

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In keeping with our tradition of bringing you original adaptations of obscure stories, tonight, we present "Wanted: A Wife," by Carlotta M. Hardy. 

It was first published in the "All-Story Weekly" in 1916. Our research on Ms. Hardy turned up virtually nothing. This is the only story we could find by her on the web, and there is no biographical information available. 

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9:37 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril"

In this episode, the Maplewood Barn Radio Players bring you P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril."
Credit Title graphic by Kellie Kotraba

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater, brought to you in conjunction with KBIA.  In this episode, we bring back two of our favorites characters, Bertie and Jeeves, in yet another comic tale by a master of the frivolous, P.G. Wodehouse. This tale is called "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril." As usual, Bertie and Jeeves are in a feud over wardrobe selections, Bertie's Aunt Agatha is hanging over him like a dark shadow, and there is a friend in need -- in this case, Cyril.

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10:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Brad Buchanan's 'Time Stands Still'

A gold watch.
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater.

This time, we bring you something a bit different from our normal classic stories -- an original script by our own Brad Buchanan called "Time Stands Still." Brad has done the majority of the adaptations for the radio show over the past couple years, but in this case, he decided to bring you a new story, never before performed.

We hope you enjoy this original production of "Time Stands Still." 

 Sit back, relax and listen here:

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10:23 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Stephen Leacock's 'Golden Dreams'

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.
 In our continuing efforts to bring you nothing but the best in classic stories, we offer you an audio dramatization of an award winning story, "Golden Dreams," based on the writings of Stephen Leacock. Mr. Leacock is a bit vague about what award it might have won, but perhaps we can learn more from our protagonist, the professor. Let's turn it over to him, so he can tell you all about the book "Golden Dreams."
 Sit back, relax, and listen to the audio play here:

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12:00 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Burglar and the Blizzard – Part Two

Conclusion of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater’s Christmas presentation.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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