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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
7:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

A Maplewood Barn Radio Thanksgiving Special

Squash pie.
Credit Stu Spivack / Flickr

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"

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Arts and Culture
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. 

  

The players:

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Arts and Culture
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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Arts and Culture
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

Production

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Arts and Culture
7:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

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

A magnifying glass.
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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Arts and Culture
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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Maplewood Barn
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:

The players:

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Maplewood Barn
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:

  The players:

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Arts and Culture
3:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Rose and the Ring (Thackeray), Part 2

Conclusion of the two-part holiday story begun last Friday.

Arts and Culture
3:40 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Rose and the Ring (Thackeray), Part 1

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

Arts and Culture
3:39 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

A Dramatic Evening (Bangs)

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

Arts and Culture
3:38 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Pimenta Pancakes/Shamrock Jolnes (O’Henry)

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

Arts and Culture
3:37 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Post Office (Tagore)

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

Arts and Culture
3:36 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (Allcott)

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

Arts and Culture
3:35 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Lost Duchess (Anonymous)

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

Arts and Culture
3:34 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Maddened by Mystery/Man in Asbestos (Leacock)

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

Arts and Culture
3:33 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Pretentious Young Ladies (Moliere)

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

Arts and Culture
3:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Skull (Dick)

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

Arts and Culture
3:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Overtones (Gerstenberg)

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

Arts and Culture
3:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Jones (Osborne)

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

Arts and Culture
3:22 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg (Wodehouse)

Bertie and Jeeves save another friend from a young man’s greatest fear:  losing the allowance provided by a stingy uncle.

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Arts and Culture
3:19 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Knee Deep in Knickers (Ferber)

The irrepressible Emma McChesney is back, creating a fashion revolution while facing defeat from the green-eyed monster.

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Arts and Culture
3:17 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Behind the Beyond (Leacock)

A satirical look at how and why theater melodramas are built and performed.

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Arts and Culture
3:14 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Exchange (Thurston)

Do you want to trade your troubles for another life?  Here comes the judge, and his imp, who can make it happen.

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Arts and Culture
5:46 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Maplewood Barn Theatre opens in rebuilt space

The Maplewood Barn Theatre's previous space was destroyed by a fire in April 2010.
Erin Margaret2 Flickr

The Maplewood Barn Theatre put on its first live show on Thursday evening in a newly rebuilt barn.

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Arts and Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Behind a Mask, Part II (Louisa May Allcott)

An enigmatic governess navigates several possible romances, but what are her true motives?

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Arts and Culture
2:00 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Behind a Mask, Part I (Louisa May Allcott)

A mysterious governess comes to work for a wealthy family, but she is not what she seems.

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Radio Theatre
12:28 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Augustus Does His Bit (George Bernard Shaw)

A comedic look at an inept and pompous military man, trying to "do his bit" for the war.

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Arts and Culture
10:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

The Monkey’s Paw (W. W. Jacobs)

Getting what you wish for might mean the third wish is for death.  A classic tale of terror.

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