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Radio Play: "The Rival Ghosts"

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a story by Brander Matthews called, "The Rival Ghosts." 

Although he is hardly remembered today, Brander Matthews was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature in an American university, and he was largely responsible for establishing the theatrical arts as a topic worthy of formal study in academic institutions. 

He was the author of more than 30 books, most of which are undistinguished and long forgotten. But theatre students owe him a debt of gratitude for making their discipline part of America's eduational curriculum. 

And now, in honor of Brander Matthews, we present "The Rival Ghosts." 

The Players

  • Larry: Matt Baker
  • Babe and Kitty: Val Davis
  • Duchess and female ghosts: Angela Lechtenberg
  • Eliphalet and brother: Robert Klick
  • Messenger, soldier, and male ghost: Darren Hellwege
  • Narrator: Brad Buchanan


  • Original author: Brander Matthews
  • Script adaptation: Brad Buchanan
  • Engineer: Darren Hellwege
  • Post-production: Amy Humphrey and Joe Hayes
  • Podcast posting: Kellie Moore

This podcast originally aired on Friday, Jan 30. Tune in to KBIA every Friday at 6:30 p.m. to hear more from the Maplewood Barn Radio Players, or listen to our archives right here on KBIA.org. You can find our full season lineup on maplewoodbarn.com.