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Radio play: "The Ghost with the Club Foot"

Jan 1, 2015
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  Welcome to another episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. This installment is an adaptation of a chiller mystery called "The Ghost with the Club Foot," by Robert Barr. It was first published in 1906 in a volume called The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont. 

Monsieur Valmont was Robert Barr's ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. While stories such as this one seem to have elements of Gothic horror as well as mystery, Barr's tales were actually written as a poke at his friend Conan Doyle.

Radio play: "The Ice Cream Man Cometh," by Jeff Moran

Nov 22, 2014

  In this episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we've got a special treat for you: a piece from local author and playwright Jeff Moran called "The Ice Cream Man Cometh." 

Hop on the ice cream truck with us, and experience your first day as an ice cream salesman as you listen to this piece. But one word of warning: It gets a bit chilly, especially when you're trying to sell on a snowy day.

The players

  In this performance from Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you part two of "Bluebeard's Ghost," by William Makepeace Thackeray, one of our favorite authors. Catch up on part one by listening to the previous episode. 

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Radio play: "Bluebeard's Ghost," part one

Nov 7, 2014

  In this edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a presentation from one of our favorite authors, William Makepeace Thakeray. This episode's performance is based on an obscure yet beautifully written short story of his: "Bluebeard's Ghost." 

You can listen to part one below. For part two, check out our next episode. 

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Radio play: "One Helluva Gig," by Kevin R. Doyle

Oct 17, 2014

  This week on Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a presentation from local artist Kevin R. Doyle. We've adapted a story of his, "One Helluva Gig," for the radio show. 

Doyle is a teacher and fiction writer from central Missouri. His short stories have been published in more than 20 magazines, mainly in the horror and suspense genres. "One Helluva Gig" is his first mainstream novelette, and you can find the entire story online.

Radio play: Vera Jelihovsky's 'The General's Will'

Feb 28, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio. This week's show is based on a short story by Vera Jelihovsky called "The General's Will." 

A Russian author from the nineteenth century, Ms. Jelihovsky is most famous for her children's stories -- but "The General's Will" is not one of them. This story was published in England posthumously, in 1909, some 13 years after her death. 

This is the tale of a famous general, Yuri Paylovitch Nasimoff, an aristocrat and millionaire who is on his death bed ... 

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Photo courtesy Daniel Vernon

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Films and filmmakers from around the world are converging in mid-Missouri this weekend for the annual True/False Film Fest.

Image courtesy Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

This weekend is the annual True/False Film Fest, bringing documentary films and filmmakers to Columbia from all over the world.

Radio play: Raymond Lester's "Oh, Fanny"

Feb 21, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you another classic story first published in the "All-Story Weekly" on November 16, 1919. The tale is called "Oh, Fanny," by Raymond Lester, and it begins on a fall afternoon in New York. 

 

 

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"Mrs. Bindle's Discovery," by Herbert Jenkins

Feb 15, 2014
Image via Flickr, by Tomylees.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

This week, we bring another quirky, little-known piece by Herbert Jenkins called "Mrs. Bindle's Discovery." It was first published in 1924 by Mr. Jenkins' private publishing firm.

His best-known character is Mr. Joseph Bindle, a furniture mover who lives humbly yet respectably with his wife, Elizabeth. She is a devoutly religious woman, but Mr. Bindle smokes, cusses, and enjoys a sip from the bottle now and then. They make a beautiful couple, in a kind of warped way. 

Spooky stories: "Ring Once for Death" and "How it Happened"

Feb 9, 2014
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. Each week, we bring you another  dramatization of a classic story, and this episode is no exception. 

Our chilling tale for this episode is taken from a short story called "Ring Once for Death," by Robert Arthur. It was first published in 1954, in a magazine called "Amazing Stories."

As a bonus, you'll also get to hear our rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "How it Happened."

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"Ring once for Death"

P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves in the Springtime"

Jan 20, 2014
Original Publisher: Herbert Jenkins / Image via Wikipedia

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring back two of our favorite literary characters: Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves. This production is an adaptation of "Jeeves in the Springtime," one of P.G. Wodehouse's many short stories. 

 

The players:

  • Bertie: Ian Buchanan
  • Jeeves: Byron Scott
  • Bingo: Terry Yates
  • Mabel: Kellie Moore
  • The elder Mr. Little: Brad Buchanan 
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege

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Meredith Nicholson's "A Reversible Santa Clause," part 2

Dec 27, 2013
Image via Flickr, by Johnny Grim.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you the conclusion of our two-part Christmas special based on the story "A Reversible Santa Claus," by Meredith Nicholson. (Click here for a podcast of part one.)

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Maplewood Barn Christmas Special: "A Reversible Santa Claus," part 1

Dec 21, 2013
Image via Flickr, by Johnny Grim.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you the first installment of a two-part Christmas presentation based on the story "A Reversible Santa Claus," by Meredith Nicholson. (The second part will be aired at 6:30 p.m. on KBIA and posted online following the broadcast.)

In keeping with our tradition, the Maplewood Barn Radio Players have chosen a little-known tale by an obscure author as our Christmas present to you. We hope you enjoy it. 

 

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Stories from O. Henry's "The Gentle Grafter"

Dec 21, 2013
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In this episode, we return to the early twentieth century with a few stories from one of our favorite authors, O. Henry. In his book "The Gentle Grafter," Andy Tucker and Jeff Peters are accomplished con men in the Old West. While they are close buddies and usually work well with each other in their swindles, they are often at odds over just how far to take a defraudation. Jeff was always eloquent when the ethics of his profession were under discussion, as you'll learn in the story you're about to hear. 

Adventures of Bindle, by Herbert Jenkins

Nov 22, 2013
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you two adventures of a famous literary character: Mr. Joseph Bindle, the irreverent furniture remover, and his overbearing wife. 

Written by Herbert Jenkins, the Bindle stories were very popular in the early part of the twentieth century. 

We hope you enjoy this presentation of "The Coming of the Lodger" and "Mr. Gupperduck's Mishap." 

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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: “Mr. Clackworthy Tells the Truth"

Nov 4, 2013
Image by Evan Townsend

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you a humorous piece of caper fiction called "Mr. Clackworthy Tells the Truth," by Christopher B. Booth. 

It was first published in the Oct. 19, 1920, issue of "Detective Story" magazine. 

We hope you enjoy our presentation of the story.

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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Robert Barr's "The Liberation of Wyoming Ed"

Oct 18, 2013
Photo by Jeffrey Beall, via Flickr.

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.  This week, we bring you a detective story by Robert Barr. It parodies Conan Doyle's famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Our hero is Eugene Valmont, whose name is probably not familiar to you. He's a private detective in New York, though for several years he served as the head of the Secret Service in Washington. If you've never heard of him, it's because the records of his exploits are buried with other classified documents, which have remained undisclosed for national security reasons.

FAVS photo courtesy Clyde Ruffin

Community and campus converge in the cast of MU's production of "The Amen Corner," a play by James Baldwin that finishes its run this weekend. 

The play tells the story of an African-American woman who starts a small storefront church in Harlem in 1965. She's recently migrated there from the south with her 18-year-old son, who plays the church piano.

But unbeknownst to the congregation, she has a secret past. She was once married to a jazz musician who was an alcoholic, but after their child died, she left him. His arrival one Sunday sends a scandal through the church.