What if you could enjoy a drama or comedy without having to watch it? Such is the world of audio theater. Back in the early 20th century, radio offered audio theater of all types. The most famous was, of course, The War of the Worlds with Orson Wells’ Mercury Theater.
I have been able to join with some other like minded actors in our “socially distanced” world to help produce audio theater for podcasts. In the space below, you’ll find shows in which I have appeared. Don’t forget the serial, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA
On 20 March 1888, Dr. Watson is visiting Sherlock Holmes when a masked gentleman arrives at 221B Baker Street. Initially introducing himself as Count von Kramm, he reveals himself as Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein and hereditary King of Bohemia, after Holmes deduces his true identity. The King explains that, five years earlier, he engaged in a secret relationship with American opera singer Irene Adler, who has since retired and now lives in London. He is set to marry a young Scandinavian princess but worries that her strictly principled family will call the marriage off should they learn of this impropriety. Holmes must recover an incriminating photograph. But, where is it?
A PAIR OF LUNATICS
This fun little farce introduces us to two sane people who are visiting an asylum for the insane. The problem is that they don’t know that the other party is also sane. And so, they pretend.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The classic story of Scrooge and the Three Ghosts of Christmas – Past, Present, and Future – is presented in three episodes. Join this cast of characters as Scrooge is transformed from a mean old miser to a generous gentleman.
Episode One: We meet Ebeneezer Scrooge. This squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner considers Christmas a “humbug” and projects this attitude to all he encounters. But, his old partner, Jacob Marley, seven years dead, has arranged for visits from three spirits in the hope of reforming this miser.
-Episode Two: Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Past whos shows him his mistakes that have led to his “humbug” life. Then the Ghost of Christmas Present arrives to show him what he is missing and how his actions might affect his family and employees.
Episode Three: Scrooge concludes his journey with the Ghost of Christmas Present and meets the fearcest ghost of all – the Ghost of Christmas Future. This Ghost shares a possible future that is Scrooge’s final undoing and results in his repentance.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
We join the prolific naturalist, Professor Aronnax, his devoted assistant Conseil and the gritty harpooner Ned Land for an epic journey aboard the Nautilus, the world’s first submarine vessel. Forcefully led by the dangerous and enigmatic Captian Nemo on an unprecedented tour of the seven seas. Our three heroes are confronted by harrowing challenges, incredible adventure, and a host of the most unusual creatures. They must also wrestle with the dark forces that lurk in the depths of mankind’s souls if they are to return home alive.
THE TELL-TALE HEART
The classic short-story by Edgar Allen Poe comes to your ears in this terrifying production. Please, listen to my story. Can I convince you that I was right? That I was sane in what I did? Did I kill him? Yes. Did he deserve it? If only you knew. What I did to that old man… with the vulture eye. The careful calculation of the murder, the perfect crime. The dismembering of the body. Hiding his heart under the floorboards. And that sound. That thumping sound. The dead man’s beating heart…
THE GREAT GATSBY
Nick Carraway retells the ups and downs of his life in New York City at the peak of the Roaring Twenties. Nick arrives, hungry for a new life of adventure and fortune. It’s there that he reconnects with his kind cousin, Daisy, and her strong-willed husband, Tom Buchanan. It’s not long before Nick also begins to learn more about his mysterious and generous neighbor, a wealthy man named Gatsby who seems to have it all.
As Nick and Gatsby formed an unlikely friendship, he learns that Gatsby is a long-lost love of Daisy (who is still married to Tom) and that Gatsby has built up his enormous fortune as part of an extravagant plan to win Daisy back at all costs.