Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The "Immortal Bard" is Target in "Kill Shakespeare."

William Shakespeare has been known as the “Immortal Bard” but now some of his own creations are putting his “immortality” to the test.  Kill Shakespeare pits some of Will’s most memorable characters against him and each other in battle for freedom and power.  The Hear Again Radio Project is proud to join forces with Revolution Shakespeare to adapt this exciting graphic novel for the stage.  The production will combine a dramatic reading and Foley effects with the vivid images of the original book projected on a screen, a literal living comic!  This innovative style is bound to spark the imagination of both long-time Shakespeare fans as well as newcomers to his rich and colorful world.  For details visit the Fringe Box Office

Whether his characters manage to kill him or not, the idea of Shakespeare being immortal - or at least transferable from era to era- struck me while I was writing this blog.  I've seen versions of Shakespearean plays set everywhere from outer space to a corporate board room to an insane asylum.  While the concept of a graphic novel where Shakespeare’s characters interact with one another as if in an alternate realty was certainly fresh and different, the idea that the Bard could be translated to the pop-culture medium of comics seemed perfectly natural to me.  One could even argue that the medium of comics is only perfect for the grand and sweeping characterizations of Shakespeare.  Take for example these costume designs for a production of Julius Caesar design by legendary comic artist Jack Kirby! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast

Hello America,

We here in the Hear Again Radio Project brain trust are pleased as punch to present The Thanks-for-Giving Program next weekend Nov 16 & 17. To help get all of you out in radioland as excited as we are, we thought we'd countdown the next nine days with some classics from the Old Time Radio cornucopia.

It start you off right, here is a classic episode of Cavalcade of America epi 587 called Us Pilgrims. Cavalcade epi 587.


Get your tickets for The Thanks-for-Giving Program here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

RadioLab's Story about War of the Worlds

As luck would have it, this past weekend I was driving back from Virginia where I presented a workshop for students on Old Time Radio Drama. As a fan of radio, I was dial surfing and stumbled upon this terrific story on NPR's program Radio Lab about the Halloween fervor caused by the original broadcast of The War of the Worlds as performed by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater-on-the-Air. It is a great listen and very educational. Enjoy!

Announcing our next event- The Thanks-for-Giving Program

Hello America,

Tickets are now on sale for our next great radio drama event when the Hear Again Radio Project presents The Thanks-for-Giving Program featuring two terrific episodes for the golden age of radio.

The evening will feature one episode of Our Miss Brooks called Thanksgiving Turkey and another tale well calculated to keep you in... Suspense, with My Dear Niece.

As always we will feature live original music, provided by the incomparable Linda Henderson, and live foley sound effects delivered by our pair of soundscape engineers, Miss Kristen Norine, and Krishna Pryia Dunston.

Also in the cast will be Jill Lawrence, David Stanger, Jared Michael Delaney, and the original old smoothie, Darin J. Dunston.

Get your tickets HERE!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

New Poster Image: My Favorite Valentine Show

Hello America!

We are SEVEN DAYS TO AIR before the triumphant return of the Hear Again Radio Project.

Join us live in studio when we recreate two classic radio dramas from the Golden Age of Radio complete with live music, vintage commercials, foley sound effects, and our wonderful company of radio actors.

For Valentine's Day, when love is in the air, we here at the Hear Again Sound Labs are reminded of one of our most favorite series, My Favorite Husband.  It is series that first brought the remarkable Lucielle Ball into homes across America that served as the basis for her later landmark television series, I Love Lucy.
This year, rather than finding another series to pair with this delicious treat, we thought we would double the delights and present TWO episodes from the series:
Drafted (Jan 25, 1951)
Valentine's Day (Feb 11, 1949)

We also will feature some good advice from the Nation's Homemaker, Mrs Ida Bailey Allen; some songs and jingles about Jell-O, Lux Shampoo, and another 5 Minute Mystery.

Bring your best guy or gal! Don't miss it! Things are so much nicer when you're Hear Again!

Get your tickets here:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Radio Drama History- Premier of THE FAT MAN

Hello America,

In keeping with our mission to bring the very best in old time radio to audiences today, from time to time we will present important radio milestones.

Today in Radio History premiered one of our favorite radio programs, THE FAT MAN.

Broadcast from studios of WJZ Newark, NJ and carried along the ABC radio network at 8:30 on  Jan 21, 1946, began the series popular detective drama based upon the characters created by Dashiell Hammett and staring J. Scott Smart in the title role. The episode was titled The Nineteenth Pearl.

In our early days here at the Hear Again Radio Project, we performed this very episode.

To get you ready for our next event, here is a small video of that performance.

Tickets for My Favorite Valentine Show on February 10, 2013 7pm are on sale here:  My Favorite Valentine Show.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Announcing: My Favorite Valentine Show

Hello America!

Hear Again Radio Project will be on the air on February 10 at 7pm when we present our My Favorite Valentine Show at Off-Broad Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. Philadelphia.

Get your tickets hear:

See you there! We'll bring the JELLO!