From The Mercury Theatre to A Prairie Home Companion, the radio play is a uniquely American art form, and one of this country’s most beloved. During the 1930s through 50s, live performances of plays broadcast over the radio were a part of everyday life. The Arts Radio Network Theatre Project is a unique combination of the nostalgia of classic radio drama, and the excitement of a live theatrical performance.
ARNTP also works with local organizations to present radio plays for, and with, students from elementary to high school. Contact John Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our educational outreach.
ARNTP partnered with WLRN, South Florida’s public radio station, to create WLRN Radio Theater – a monthly series of radio plays performed at venues throughout South Florida, and broadcast on WLRN on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 p.m for two years. This collaboration will expand in 2018 through a Knight Foundation challenge grant.
Announcing Inspired by WLRN
Several of WLRN’s recent local news stories will have extended – and expanded – lives thanks to a new project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Inspired by WLRN is a collaboration between WLRN and the Arts Radio Network Theatre Project to create new radio plays culled from stories written by WLRN reporters. Four South Florida playwrights selected stories and commentaries written by Tom Hudson, Tim Padgett, Wilson Sayre and Jenny Staletovich, and have brought them to life as theatrical scripts featuring live sound effects. The plays deal with the unique Florida lifestyle, the vanishing South Florida wilderness, a young man’s ties to his Cuban ancestry, and the recent shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The first public performance of these plays will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 7 pm, at the Wolfsonian Museum at FIU. A question and answer session will follow the performance, and Wolfsonian and WLRN members can participate in a pre-show discussion of the history of radio plays, and an interactive demonstration of classic sound effects equipment.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit www.wolfsonian.org for reservations and more information.
Here is a podcast of TheNoisy Night Visitors, a children’s radio theater presentation performed by students of Arts Radio Network Theatre Project: