The King's Town Players Announce the 2014-2015 Radio Plays
Written by Howard E. Koch
Adapted from the novel by H.G. Wells
Experience the story that panicked the nation! Become part of the audience as King's Town Players stages this old-time radio show, detailing the crash of a mysterious meteorite, a deadly Martian invasion—and the complete devastation it leaves in its path.
Originally airing in 1938 as part of The Mercury Theatre on the Air, this terrifying tale of war and destruction sent nearly twelve million people into mass hysteria when originally aired on the radio. Just in time for Halloween, watch as actors recreate the horror before your very eyes!
Performance Date: October 13, 2014
Adapted from the comic strips by Alex Raymond
The radio show follows the adventures of Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov believes the meteors are from outer space and invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale, whose plane has crashed in the area, and the three travel to the planet Mongo, where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of Mongo.
Performance Date: November 10, 2014
Translated from the screenplay by Julius & Philip Epstein and Howard E. Koch
The classic tale of wartime love set in an exotic locale is being staged as it was originally broadcast to audiences in 1944 as a part of the “Lux Presents.... Hollywood” series. King’s Town Players brings to its audience the romance of curmudgeonly nightclub owner Rick and his past love, the beautiful Ilsa, set against the backdrop of World War II.
Performance Date: February 9, 2015
Written by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
Adapted from the novel by H.P. Lovecraft
A young man's travels in search of antiquarian architecture and his own family history brings him to the ill-regarded Massachusetts town of Innsmouth. There he uncovers horrors beyond his worst imaginings, barely escaping with his life and sanity.
H.P. Lovecraft wrote the story in 1931 after a visit to Newburyport and the surrounding region. Long considered one of Lovecraft's most popular tales, King’s Town Players brings it to life in all its monstrous and malodorous glory. This old-time radio adaptation features an amazing cast of actors, exciting sound effects and a thrilling original musical score.
Performance Date: March 16, 2015
The King's Town Players Announce the 2014-2015 Season
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Sean Roberts
King’s Town Players are proud to present the Kingston premiere of this powerful Tony and Pulitzer winning tragi-comedy that is sure to move you. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a play that unflinchingly — and uproariously — exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
Performance Dates: September 17-20, 24-27
SANTA CLAUS THE PANTO
Written and Directed by Richard Linley
Archvillain Dr. Fiendish McAwful and his assistant, Eyesore, begin their campaign to undermine Christmas by stealing the secret of Santa’s flying reindeer. Working to thwart their dastardly scheme is Mrs. Claus, the Clauses’ daughter, Sandra, Kevin, an ice-country pilot, Cosmos, an underemployed reindeer, two stable elves, Stoop and Scoop, the Christmas Spirit (personified), the Workshop Elves, and Santa, himself!
Performance Dates: November 26-29, December 3-6
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
Written by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Krista Garrett
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen’s husband, Don.
Gina Gionfriddo dissects modern gender politics in this breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy. Her other plays include the critically acclaimed Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre) and After Ashley (Vineyard Theatre). Gina has also written extensively for television including the popular dramas Law & Order and House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.
Performance Dates: January 21-24, 28-31, 2015
THE NOBLE PURSUIT
Written by Douglas Bowie
Directed by Michael Catlin
Pre-eminent man of letters Noble Harmsworth is on the verge of becoming the first Canadian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature - but if the Nobel pooh bahs want to lionize him, why does Lyle Lemmerman want to kill him? A devoted acolyte, a nosey critic, a dyspeptic agent, a missing manuscript all add to the twists and turns in this suspenseful comedy about literary fame and fortune.
Performance Dates: April 1-4, 8-11, 2015
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Steven Spencer
Join us as we close out our season with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Filled with lovers, fairies and rustics, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has something for everyone. Add a misapplied love potion, mistaken identities and the most famous play-within-a play ever written and you have a perfect recipe for mirth. The language, poetry, and wit of Shakespeare shine as bright and as lovely as the moon in this timeless classic.
Performance Dates: May 6-9, 13-16, 2015