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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.

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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. 

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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." 

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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. 

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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. 

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A Maplewood Barn Radio Thanksgiving Special

Nov 29, 2013
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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. 

The players:

"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"

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

Nov 22, 2013
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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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Edna Ferber's "The Homely Heroine" and "The Leading Lady"

Nov 22, 2013
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." 

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: "The Pipe"

Nov 4, 2013
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

Production

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

Oct 18, 2013
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.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: 'Wanted: A Wife'

Oct 17, 2013
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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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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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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Conclusion of the two-part holiday story begun last Friday.

Magic, romance, jealousy and silly fairies mix together for this Twelfth Night story by the Victorian satirist.

When amateur theatricals invade a Victorian home, the result is an evening of chaos.

Two grin-inducing yarns – a cowboy’s lament and a detective’s devious deductions – by America’s master of the short story.

A sickly Indian boy sees the world through his bedroom window; by the first non-Western winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

A nostalgic look at how Thanksgivings in the countryside used to be through the eyes of a beloved sentimental novelist.

The Lost Duchess (Anonymous)

Nov 16, 2012

The Duchess has been kidnapped by a clever gang!  Or has she……?

Two satirical stories, sending up the immortal Sherlock and the very future of mankind.

A clever impersonator sneaks past the pretensions of two young ladies who think their current suitors are beneath their standards.

The Skull (Dick)

Oct 26, 2012

A Halloween tale about a man who gets a chance to change the course of history – or so he thinks.

A laughter-inducing tour inside the heads of two cultured rivals who never say what they really think.

Jones (Osborne)

Oct 12, 2012

Sometimes winning the girl of a guy’s dreams involve drastic measures, such as telling white lies, giving blood and getting electric shock therapy.

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