This weekend at PS21 in Chatham, Hudson Air Radio Theater will return you to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when radio drama didn’t mean Ira Glass or a true-crime podcast, but instead legitimate drama performed live by actors, sound-effects artists and musicians.
It’s a “patriotic salute to America’s literary past” with performances of works by Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Booth Tarkington, and George Ade, along with original scripts by Lora Lee Ecobelli and Byron Nilsson (who also act in the show) and a special adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s rousing saga Leopold Doppler and the Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot. Other actors include James Occhino, Nancy Rothman, and Andrew Joffe, who also works the sound-effects table. Live music is provided by award-winning pianist and composer Lincoln Mayorga.
Hudson Air Radio Theater will perform tomorrow (Friday, July 3) at 8 PM, and Sunday (July 5) at 2 PM at PS 21 (2980 Route 66, Chatham). Tickets are $20, $15 members and $10 students), and may be purchased either at ps21chatham.org or at the door. For more info, call 392-6121.