The Thin Man, April 2014. More images from past productions here.
In proud partnership with WCWP 88.1 FM, the community public radio station of LIU Post, Port Washington Play Troupe produces vintage radio dramas with songs from the era.
Each radio drama is recorded in front of a live studio audience at the Hillwood Recital Hall, a venue of the Tilles Center at LIU Post in nearby Greenvale, NY. The performances are later broadcast on air and streamed online at WCWP.org.
Spring 2015: Come see a taping, be part of the live audience. For ticket information, see WCWP.org. For Group Sales, call 516-299-2683.
Meet Me In St. Louis: April 18th
All About Eve: May 17th
The African Queen: June 14th
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of past performances!
About Play Troupe's Radio Dramas
Play Troupe inaugurated its radio drama partnership with WCWP 88.1 FM in 2014 as part of a year-long Golden Era of Radio Celebration. We were honored to join forces with the radio station at the invitation of Director of Broadcasting and Station Manager Dan Cox, a devoted, lifelong radio drama enthusiast.
Play Troupe's Golden Era of Radio Celebration included six radio dramas (a Spring Radio Drama Series and Fall Radio Dramas Series of three performances each), co-produced with WCWP. All shows were performed and recorded live at the Hillwood Recital Hall for broadcast, as well as the stage musical The 1940's Radio Hour at the Landmark on Main Street.
The Maltese Falcon
Broadcast and recorded live on Friday, March 14, 2014
Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon radio drama (1943) 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.
The Thin Man
Broadcast and recorded live on Friday, April 25, 2014
Also based on a Dashiell Hammett novel, The Thin Man radio drama (1936) 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.
Broadcast and recorded live on Friday, May 23, 2014
Based on the famous film, the radio drama of Casablanca (1944) tells the story of nightclub owner Rick Blaine and his bittersweet reunion with 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?
The Philadelphia Story
Recorded in front of a live studio audience on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Aired on WCWP 88.1 FM/streamed at WCWP.org on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
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.
War of the Worlds
Recorded in front of a live studio audience on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Aired on WCWP 88.1 FM/streamed at WCWP.org on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
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 adaptation of the 1953 film aired in 1955.
Archive recording coming soon!
It's a Wonderful Life
Recorded in front of a live studio audience on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Aired on WCWP 88.1 FM/streamed at WCWP.org on
Saturday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 24, 2014
In this 1947 radio adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved holiday film, a common man named George Bailey falls so far into despair that his guardian angel Clarence is pressed into service. Clarence shows George how many people he has touched and how wonderful his life really is—just in time for Christmas.
Archive recording coming soon!