Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre

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. 

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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."

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

 

 

 

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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 ... 

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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. 

 

 

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

Feb 15, 2014
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  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. 

"Winsome Winnie," by Stephen Leacock

Feb 9, 2014
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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."

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

Feb 9, 2014
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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"

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

Feb 9, 2014
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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

Production

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

Jan 20, 2014
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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Meredith Nicholson's "A Reversible Santa Clause," part 2

Dec 27, 2013
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  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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Maplewood Barn Christmas Special: "A Reversible Santa Claus," part 1

Dec 21, 2013
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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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Ernest Bramah's "The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage"

Dec 21, 2013
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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. 

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

Dec 21, 2013
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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. 

Adventures of Bindle, by Herbert Jenkins

Nov 22, 2013
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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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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: “Mr. Clackworthy Tells the Truth"

Nov 4, 2013
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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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
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  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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