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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
4:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

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

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. 

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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
11:19 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
9:36 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
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
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?"

Credit stephenjohnbryde / Flickr

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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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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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:

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

The Boy Comes Home (A.A. Milne)

His family finds that a First World War veteran is not the same young gentleman who marched off to the trenches. 

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

SNAFU (Art Smith)

What if your time has come, but your eternal paperwork gets messed up?  Will it be hell or heaven?

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Jeeves and the Uninvited Guest (P.G. Wodehouse)

When a sheltered young nobleman goes wild in wicked New York City, Bertie and Jeeves get creative.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

 

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