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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." 

The players

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

Apr 18, 2014

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. 

The players

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."

The players:

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. 

 

 

The players:

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

Production

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

Dec 21, 2013
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. 

A Maplewood Barn Radio Thanksgiving Special

Nov 29, 2013
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"

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. 

  

The players:

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." 

Photo by mpclemens, via Flickr. (http://bit.ly/18tm7CX)

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:

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.

SNAFU (Art Smith)

Feb 10, 2012

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.

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.

 

Society’s assumptions create funny problems for a couple living together “without benefit of marriage.”

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

Fiction’s wisest “gentleman’s gentleman” helps his flummoxed boss out of a jam involving a chorus girl, an ornithologist and an ugly baby.

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

What’s in a name?  And how much it’s worth to two British families.

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

This is an inaugural show.  It covers  about two hilarious yarns by Missouri's favorite storyteller and also about the Ma and Pa Kettle of their time.

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

Conclusion of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater’s Christmas presentation.

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

Trapped together by a blizzard, a playboy, a burglar and a damsel-in-distress celebrate Christmas.

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

An anti-Christmas story featuring a wicked toymaker, a wicked witch, endangered lovers and a monkey.

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

A dashing-but-penniless nobleman turns the head of a grieving widow, despite her servant’s best efforts.

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

An iron works and a hot house can still send chills up your spine.

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

Love blossoms in an accidental meeting amidst the cherry orchard.

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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