The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe of King University’s Theatre Department will treat audiences to a trio of mystery-themed dramas from the golden age of radio this weekend.
Cast members will present “The Hitch-Hiker and Other Chilling Tales” at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18 and 19, and at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Theatre Bristol Artspace, 512 State St., Bristol, Tenn.
Under the artistic direction of Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre at King, the Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe brings the magic of old-time radio to the live stage, performing staged productions of classic radio dramas, with an emphasis on noted genre writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Wyllis Cooper and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Each performance is a unique theatrical experience, not unlike what might have been seen in a radio studio in the 1930s or 1940s: actors gathered around microphones with scripts in hand, live sound effects and colorful hosts setting the proper mood for the evening’s dramatic offerings.
The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe’s upcoming performance will feature three plays by Lucille Fletcher, including “The Hitch-Hiker,” a radio play written for Orson Welles. Welles first performed “The Hitch-Hiker” in November 1941 on CBS Radio. The play was later adapted for a 1960s episode of “The Twilight Zone.”
Tickets are $5 for general admission, $2 for area students and free with a King University ID.
For ticket or more information, call (423) 652-4800 or visit http://arts.king.edu.
The chills and thrills will continue in November when King Theatre presents two student-directed productions at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol.
King’s theatre department has a long-standing tradition of presenting student-directed theatrical productions, but this will be the first time those plays have been presented on the stage of the famed Paramount.
Audiences will enjoy two spine-tingling, one-act tales filled with mystery and intrigue Nov. 7-9 as student director and senior theatre major Jesse Allen Thomas leads Lucille Fletcher’s “Sorry, Wrong Number” and Brainerd Duffield’s “The Lottery,” based on the story by Shirley Jackson.
“We are thrilled once again to collaborate with Paramount,” said Elizabeth Dollar, associate professor of theatre and director of King’s Theatre program. “Jesse has chosen two challenging projects that not only fit well together but also will make for an exceptionally entertaining evening. In addition to direction, the plays will also include costume and set design by students. This is real-world experience these students are getting; it is their show. The experience Jesse and our other King students are gaining as theatre artists can’t be measured.”
The plays serve as Thomas’s senior capstone project.
“Being selected to direct two theatrical productions at the Paramount Center for the Arts is truly a wonderful opportunity,” Thomas said. “I feel tremendously blessed and grateful to have been chosen by Professor Dollar and the Theatre Department. I am extremely excited to direct. I encourage everyone to come see the production, which I hope will be an enjoyable experience for all.”
“Sorry, Wrong Number” is the tale of a neurotic invalid whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. During the course of a night, because of a crossed wire, she overhears plans for a murder — her own. The woman’s frantic efforts to enlist help through the only means at her disposal, her growing terror and realization of the truth, and the hints about her own life and personality she lets drop make this a full-character portrait not only of herself but also of the unseen murderer, whose identity and motivations are surmised but never revealed.
Originally published in “The New Yorker” magazine, “The Lottery” has become an internationally known classic. Like the original story, the play begins as people are assembling for a lottery. Only gradually does the audience begin to suspect the nature of the lottery as the play builds swiftly toward its crucial and moving climax.
Scenic design for the two plays is by senior Dyvon Passmore, with costume design by junior Natasha Trombly and properties design by 2013 alumna Glory Allison Cumbow. The production’s stage manager is junior Wayne Thomas. Professor Elizabeth Dollar will provide lighting design for the productions while Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of Theatre, will provide sound design.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free with a King University ID. To purchase tickets, call the Paramount Box Office at (423) 274-8920 or visit www.theparamountcenter.com.
For more information, call Elizabeth Lee Dollar at (423) 652-4839.