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Radio Play: "The Mixer"

Feb 28, 2015

This episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a bit different from our usual shows: It's narrated from a dog's perspective. 

This story is called "The Mixer," and it was written by one of our favorite authors, P.G. Wodehouse. The tale was first published in a 1915 edition of Strand Magazine in the United Kingdom. The story made its appearance in the United States the next year when it was published in Red Book. 

Radio Play: "The Rival Ghosts"

Feb 28, 2015

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. 

Radio Play: "Xingu," by Edith Wharton

Jan 1, 2015
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  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a classic story called "Xingu," by Edith Wharton. It was first published in 1916. 

The story involves a book club, founded by a woman who always preferred to pursue culture in a group setting. Joining this woman are several other huntresses of erudition. That is where our story begins.

The players

Radio Play: "The Puzzle Box"

Oct 10, 2014
Photo by Steve Jurvetson, via Flickr.

This week on Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a mystery, though there is not much we can tell you about the background of the story. It was published anonymously in the 1909 edition of the Lock and Key Mystery Series, and it is simply titled, "The Puzzle Box." 

Radio play: Anton Chekhov's 'The Safety Match'

Apr 18, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a tale by the famous Russian author Anton Chekhov. While Chekhov wrote many plays, this Maplewood Barn audio presentation is based on a short story called "The Safety Match." 

Although it is a mystery, there are overtones of comedy throughout the story, which is typical of Chekhov's writing. 

The players

Radio play: "The Revolutionary Room"

Apr 1, 2014
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  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. Rather than the classic stories we normally bring you on this program, tonight we present an original script by Brad Buchanan, called "The Revolutionary Room." It involves a young lady, with all the detective prowess of Sherlock Holmes, but who is much more pleasant to the eye. We hope you enjoy the premiere of this original story. 

The players:

Radio play: Pedro de Alarcon's 'The Nail'

Mar 18, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a classic tale of suspense, written by an obscure Spanish author named Pedre de Alarcon. The story is simply called, "The Nail." 

The first English publication of the tale was translated for a series called "Mystery and Detective Stories," edited by Julian Hawthorne, published in 1907. 

 

The players:

"Winsome Winnie," by Stephen Leacock

Feb 9, 2014
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In this episode, you'll hear the story "Winsome Winnie, or Trial and Temptation," by Stephen Leacock. The tale was first published in 1921, in Leacock's book, "Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels."

Ernest Bramah's "The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage"

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

In this episode, we bring you "The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage," adapted frmo a short story by Ernest Bramah. 

Mr. Bramah put a different spin on the traditional detective stories by giving his protagonist, Max Carrodos, a disability -- and this was long before the TV show "Ironsides" was ever conceived. 

Mr. Louis Carlyle, a friend of Max, runs his own private detection agency, and they often collaborate on cases. 

Stephen Leacock's "Who Do You Think Did It?"

Nov 22, 2013
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a who-dun-it, a mixed-up murder mystery by Stephen Leacock. Oddly enough, it's entitled, "Who Do You Think Did It, or The Mixed-Up Murder Mystery."

Before we begin our story, we should inform the audience that Mr. Leacock added a prefatory note to this tale, stating that anyone who correctly guesses who did it is entitled a beautiful gold watch. They should collect this watch from their spouse or another close relative. 

  

The players:

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: "The Pipe"

Nov 4, 2013
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you a chilling Halloween tale called "The Pipe," published anonymously. 

The story revolves around a mysterious pipe, a gift from one collector to another. 

That gift arrived with a note -- and so begins our show: 

The players:

  • Pugh: Terry Yates
  • Tress: Joe Bogue
  • Brasher: Byron Scott
  • Bob: Brad Buchanan
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege

Production

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: 'Wanted: A Wife'

Oct 17, 2013
Photo by Kellie Kotraba

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In keeping with our tradition of bringing you original adaptations of obscure stories, tonight, we present "Wanted: A Wife," by Carlotta M. Hardy. 

It was first published in the "All-Story Weekly" in 1916. Our research on Ms. Hardy turned up virtually nothing. This is the only story we could find by her on the web, and there is no biographical information available. 

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When Gavin Hooks' parents divorced, his Christian faith faded.

"I felt like God had left me, or I felt like my faith wasn't sufficient to work through this problem," he said. He didn't stop believe in God, but for about a year, he "dropped out" of his faith walk. 

Eventually, he returned. He'd worked through the issues of his parents' volatile split – or so he thought. 

Fast forward 20 years. Hooks' mother died, and he realized something: He still had deep issues that he hadn't dealt with.