Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre

Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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.
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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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Arts and Culture
10:58 am
Sun February 9, 2014

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

A crystal bell.
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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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
5:05 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

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

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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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Arts and Culture
4:55 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Ernest Bramah's "The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage"

A lightning strike.
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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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Arts and Culture
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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