Fairfield University to present 'Radio Oddities'
Published 3:56 pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Fairfield University's Live Radio Dramas will present "Radio Oddities" at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Wien Experimental Theatre of the school's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road.
A matinee performance will take place 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
With "oddities" as the theme, this re-creation of 1940s radio performances features a range of unusual radio material, both comedic and haunting, as well as melodramatic music, overblown live sound effects and vintage commercials, according to a news release from the university.
The program will include "The Undecided Molecule" (1945), a courtroom drama performed in rhymed meter that originally starred Vincent Price and Groucho Marx, and "Pavane" (1947), a chilling piece involving a little girl ghost.
Other "oddities" to be performed include "Hello, Sucker," a series of true stories of con men in small businesses; "Robinson Crusoe Junior," a justifiably short-lived children's adventure serial program; and "Calling All Stamp Collectors," a show that should never have happened.
The performances are dedicated to Norman Corwin, a radio writer and who died this year.
Live Radio Dramas is presented by an ensemble of actors and actresses who have been involved with radio drama productions at the Quick Center since 2000.
Daniel Smith, the series originator, is directing the production and adding live sound effects.
He also composed original music for the show, to be performed by a string and wind quartet, and will join them on the piano and organ.