Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre

Fridays 6:30pm-7pm
  • Hosted by 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. 

Radio Play: "The Mixer"

Feb 28, 2015

This episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a bit different from our usual shows: It's narrated from a dog's perspective. 

This story is called "The Mixer," and it was written by one of our favorite authors, P.G. Wodehouse. The tale was first published in a 1915 edition of Strand Magazine in the United Kingdom. The story made its appearance in the United States the next year when it was published in Red Book. 

Radio Play: "The Shadows on the Wall"

Feb 28, 2015

  In this episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a classic chiller by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: "The Shadows on the Wall."

Mary was raised in a stern household. Her strong religious background played heavily in many of her writings, as she pitted good versus evil with an emphasis on the supernatural, as you'll hear in this presentation. 

The players

  • Caroline: Barb Buchanan
  • Emma: Val Davis
  • Rebecca: Lisa Weaver
  • Henry: Terry Yates
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege

Production

Radio Play: "The Rival Ghosts"

Feb 28, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a story by Brander Matthews called, "The Rival Ghosts." 

Although he is hardly remembered today, Brander Matthews was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature in an American university, and he was largely responsible for establishing the theatrical arts as a topic worthy of formal study in academic institutions. 

Radio Play: "Gorilla Girl"

Feb 22, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In keeping with our goal of bringing an eclectic array of material to this show, this episode features a pulp fiction classic: "Gorilla Girl," by Charlton L. Edholm. It was first published in a periodical called “Gun Molls Magazine” in 1930, and retains much of the flavor of that time, when Bonnie and Clyde were still fresh news, and Capone was running the rackets.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you our adaptation of a little-known play by Charles S. Brooks: a pirate spoof called Wappin' Wharf.

Brooks gave up a successful career in business at the age of 37 to become a writer. He was motivated by "an appreciate of the subtlety of words, of their cadence, and overtone." 

Wappin' Wharf was first produced as a full-length production in January 1922, at the Play House in Cleveland, Ohio, under the direction of Frederic McConnell. We hope you enjoy our adaptation. 

Radio play: "The Beast with Five Fingers"

Jan 2, 2015
Image by Kellie Moore.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, and happy new year!

In keeping with our tradition of giving you classic stories, tonight we bring you a chilling tale called "The Beast with Five Fingers," by W.F. Harvey. 

It was first published in The New Decameron in 1919. It was made into a movie in 1947; the film starred Robert Alda, Andrea King and Peter Lorre. 

Radio play: "A Very Leacock Christmas"

Jan 1, 2015
By The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this edition, we bring you a little Christmas treat from Stephen Leacock. It is our way of putting an extra peppermint stick in your stocking or hanging another ornament on your tree. 

Mr. Leacock was one of the most famous comic writers of the early 1900s throughout the English-speaking world, and his humor heavily influenced vaudeville comedians, including Jack Benny, who was introduced to Leacock's work by Groucho Markx. 

Radio Play: "Mrs. Budlong's Christmas Presents"

Jan 1, 2015
By unknown photographer (Photoplay (Jul - Dec 1921) (1921)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this edition, we bring you a humorous Christmas tale by Rupert Hughes called, "Mrs. Budlong's Christmas Presents." 

Rupert Hughes was the uncle of famous billionaire Howard Hughes, and he was well known in the first half of the twentieth century as a novelist, historian, and movie director. In 1928, he received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for his script, "The Patent Leather Kid."

And now, Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is proud to present "Mrs. Budlong's Christmas Presents." 

Radio play: "The Ghost with the Club Foot"

Jan 1, 2015
By Auntie P, via Flickr

  Welcome to another episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. This installment is an adaptation of a chiller mystery called "The Ghost with the Club Foot," by Robert Barr. It was first published in 1906 in a volume called The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont. 

Monsieur Valmont was Robert Barr's ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. While stories such as this one seem to have elements of Gothic horror as well as mystery, Barr's tales were actually written as a poke at his friend Conan Doyle.

Radio Play: "Xingu," by Edith Wharton

Jan 1, 2015
Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a classic story called "Xingu," by Edith Wharton. It was first published in 1916. 

The story involves a book club, founded by a woman who always preferred to pursue culture in a group setting. Joining this woman are several other huntresses of erudition. That is where our story begins.

The players

Radio Play: "Candid Criticism," by Brad Buchanan

Jan 1, 2015

In this edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you an original production called "Candid Criticism," written by our own Brad Buchanan. Brad has done many of the script adaptations for the radio show over the past few years, and every now and then, he comes up with an original script--something never performed before. 

Now, we bring you the premiere of "Candid Criticism," a mixed-up tale of romance, intrigue, and a touch of silliness, for those who like that sort of thing. 

The players

Radio play: "The Ice Cream Man Cometh," by Jeff Moran

Nov 22, 2014

  In this episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we've got a special treat for you: a piece from local author and playwright Jeff Moran called "The Ice Cream Man Cometh." 

Hop on the ice cream truck with us, and experience your first day as an ice cream salesman as you listen to this piece. But one word of warning: It gets a bit chilly, especially when you're trying to sell on a snowy day.

The players

Radio play: "Jeeves Takes Charge," by P.G. Wodehouse

Nov 15, 2014

  This edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a celebratory one: It's our 100th original broadcast. Every week, we bring you radio plays we've either written ourselves or adapted from short stories, and this week is no exception. 

In this episode, we return to two of our favorite characters, Bertie and Jeeves, as taken from P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves Takes Charge." We've done several adaptations of Jeeves stories, but this is a very special one because it describes how Bertie and Jeeves came to be companions. 

  In this performance from Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you part two of "Bluebeard's Ghost," by William Makepeace Thackeray, one of our favorite authors. Catch up on part one by listening to the previous episode. 

The players

Radio play: "Bluebeard's Ghost," part one

Nov 7, 2014

  In this edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a presentation from one of our favorite authors, William Makepeace Thakeray. This episode's performance is based on an obscure yet beautifully written short story of his: "Bluebeard's Ghost." 

You can listen to part one below. For part two, check out our next episode. 

The players

Radio play: "One Helluva Gig," by Kevin R. Doyle

Oct 17, 2014

  This week on Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a presentation from local artist Kevin R. Doyle. We've adapted a story of his, "One Helluva Gig," for the radio show. 

Doyle is a teacher and fiction writer from central Missouri. His short stories have been published in more than 20 magazines, mainly in the horror and suspense genres. "One Helluva Gig" is his first mainstream novelette, and you can find the entire story online.

Radio Play: "The Puzzle Box"

Oct 10, 2014
Photo by Steve Jurvetson, via Flickr.

This week on Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a mystery, though there is not much we can tell you about the background of the story. It was published anonymously in the 1909 edition of the Lock and Key Mystery Series, and it is simply titled, "The Puzzle Box." 

Radio play: "The Downfall of Mr. Jabez Stiffson," by George Herbert Jenkins

Oct 9, 2014

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is back with a story featuring one of our very favorite characters: the irreverent Mr. Joseph Bindle, along with his very reverent wife, Mrs. Bindle. 

This episode's Bindle adventure, written by George Herbert Jenkins, is called "The Downfall of Mr. Jabez Stiffson." 

The players

Radio play: "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets," by George Bernard Shaw

Sep 26, 2014

Maplewood Barn is celebrating William Shakespeare. His 450th birthday was this year, and this episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is in his honor. 

In this performance, we bring you George Bernad Shaw's "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets," a Shakespearian parody. Shaw wrote it in 1910 to encourage the English royal house to build a national theatre, where his plays could be performed. You will find Shaw's plea embedded in the heart of this delightful little story.


Radio play: "At Geisenheimer's," by P.G. Wodehouse

Sep 26, 2014

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is back for the Fall 2014 season.

We begin this new season with one of our favorite authors, P.G. Wodehouse. For this episode, we've adapted a short story called "At Geisenheimer's." It is a tale of New York, and the dance clubs and speakeasies that dotted the metropolitan landscape in the early 1900's. 

 

The players

  • Roxy: Joy Jackson
  • Charlie Ferris: Matt Baker
  • Mrs. Ferris: Shawnda Salazar
  • Izzy: Matt Davis
  • Narrator: Byron Scott

Production

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

Apr 25, 2014

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. 

The players

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

Apr 18, 2014

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. 

The players

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

Apr 18, 2014

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. 

The players

Radio play: "The Revolutionary Room"

Apr 1, 2014
By Auntie P, via Flickr

  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. 

The players:

Radio play: 'Said the Spider to the Fly'

Mar 31, 2014

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."

The players:

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

Mar 18, 2014

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. 

 

The players:

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

Mar 18, 2014

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. 

 

 

 

 

The players:

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

Feb 28, 2014

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 ... 

The players:

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

Feb 21, 2014

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. 

 

 

The players:

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

Feb 15, 2014
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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