Celebrating the Golden Era of Radio

In 2014, Play Troupe celebrates the era when families gathered round to thrill to radio dramas and the Great American Songbook.

 

The season features a proud partnership with community public radio station WCWP (88.1 FM) operated by Long Island University. We'll record a total of six  radio dramas (using original scripts) with beloved songs from the period. Our gratitude to Director of Broadcasting & Station Manager Dan Cox for his vision and collaboration.

 

It'll also include, in July at the Landmark on Main Street, the stage musical The 1940's Radio Hour! This show features the decade’s most popular songs along with the behind-the-scenes antics at a small radio station full of big characters.

 

"READ ALL ABOUT IT!"

To view coverage in the Port Washington News, click HERE.

 

Download the article from the LIU Post Pioneer:

 

 

COMPLETE SCHEDULE:

 

Spring Radio Drama Series with WCWP

Broadcasting live from Hillwood Recital Hall
The Tilles Center at LIU Post

720 Northern Boulevard, Greenvale, NY 11548

 

On air at 88.1 FM and streaming online at wcwp.org.

 

 

The Maltese Falcon - Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 2pm
As this event is past, tickets are no longer on sale.

Listen to the archive performance, at left!

Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, "The Maltese Falcon" chronicles the adventures of private detective Sam Spade as he becomes embroiled with a group of eccentric criminals—including one dangerous, dishonest beauty—on a quest to claim a priceless statuette.

A PDF of the event program is available here:

 

 

The Thin Man - Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 2pm

As this event is past, tickets are no longer on sale.

Listen to the archive performance, at left!

Also based on a Dashiell Hammett novel, “The Thin Man” tells the story of witty, would-be-retired detective Nick Charles and his socialite wife Nora, who—in between cocktails—team up to solve a murderous missing persons case involving a cavalcade of suspects, all of whom agree to come to dinner.
A PDF of the event program is available here:

 

 

Casablanca - Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 2pm

As this event is past, tickets are no longer on sale.

Listen to the archive performance, at left!

Featuring the 1944 radio drama script based on the famous film, “Casablanca” tells the story of nightclub owner Rick Blaine and his bittersweet reunion with his once-great love, Ilsa Lund. Ilsa has fled to Morocco with her resistance-leader husband to secure visas and escape to America. But can Ilsa and Rick escape their past?

A PDF of the event program is available here:

 

 

 

Summer Production: a Play With Music!

Presented at The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington

232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050

 

The 1940's Radio Hour - July 18-20 & 25-27, 2014

Fridays/Saturdays @ 8pm and Sundays @ 3pm

 

As this event is past, tickets are no longer on sale.

 

 

 

 

Fall Radio Drama Series with WCWP

Recording live from Hillwood Recital Hall
The Tilles Center at LIU Post

720 Northern Boulevard, Greenvale, NY 11548

 

 

 

The Philadelphia Story - Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 1pm

Based on the play by Philip Barry (which starred Kathryn Hepburn on Broadway, as well as in the film adaptation), The Philadelphia Story is a 1942 radio comedy about a witty divorcee caught between her ex-husband, her new fiancé, and a tabloid reporter sent to cover her society wedding.

 

Tickets now on sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

War of the Worlds - Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 8pm

In H.G. Wells’ famous science fiction novel, martians invade Earth and terrify the populace. The story was told most infamously on the air by Orson Welles in 1938, initially leading listeners to believe the events of the story were real. This homage adaptation of the original novel aired in 1955.

 

Tickets now on sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a Wonderful Life - Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 1pm

In this 1947 radio adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved holiday film, a common man falls so far into despair that his guardian angel must show him how many lives he has touched and how wonderful his life really is—just in time for Christmas.

 

Tickets now on sale!

 

 

(L to R) Kim Kaiman, Ken Young, Brian E. Long, Stacey Jawitz and Rich Jacques gather around the mic for the classic radio drama, The Maltese Falcon.

DID YOU KNOW?
This year marks an important 100-year anniversary in local radio history.

 

In 1914, Allied ships severed Germany’s trans-Atlantic cables, cutting off communications beyond Europe. The Germans tried to fill the gap by broadcasting from a station they’d installed in Sayville, LI, but the US government seized it as soon as we entered the war.

 

America’s radio dominance then expanded around the world!

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Maltese Falcon Program

Thin Man Program

Casablanca Program

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