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Splendor in Midland: 100 reads and featured at Scribd September 5, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Playwriting, >> Radio Drama.
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THE SPLENDOR IN MIDLAND has been read 100 times in it’s first day at Scribd. Inspired by Booth Tarkington’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Magnificent Ambersons,” Splendor tells the story of Georgie Amberson Minafer, the next generation of the wealthy Amberson family.

Georgie Amberson Minafer is viewed with contempt by the residents of Midland. Since his antics as a spoiled youth, they have longed to see him get knocked down a notch or two. But no one could have imagined the pounding he would go through.

THE SPLENDOR IN MIDLAND is about Georgie and his families, the Ambersons and Minafers, as they face financial and personal upheavals. The return of the Morgans, absent for 20 years after a public humiliation, rekindles ancient recollections and ignites new emotions.

Episode One, titled, “A Gem in Its Setting,” takes place on Christmas Eve at the Amberson Towers in Midland. The occasion is their annual holiday open house and this year the family is celebrating Georgie’s sophomore year in college.

The evening begins with laughter and smiles as Eugene Morgan is reunited with childhood friends Isabel Amberson Minafer, Georgie’s mother, and Jack Amberson, Georgie’s uncle.

But the party ends with a somber tone and sets into motion events which will make the participants wonder if there is any splendor remaining in Midland.

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The Splendor in Midland may be read at Scribd:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19413372/Splendor-in-Midland-Episode-One

Other works of William E. Spear may be found here:

http://www.scribd.com/Two%20Plus%20Plus%20Productions%20LLC

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LA TheatreWorks: Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare on Saturday 8 August August 7, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Radio Drama.
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This weekend, beginning 8 August, L.A. Theatre Works will air its production of Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare, starring Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, and Chuma Hunter-Gault. The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Saturday from 10pm to midnight on KPCC 89.3 FM, and can also be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
 
In a Fifth Avenue apartment high above Central Park, art dealer Flanders Kittredge and his wife Ouisa are trying to interest a friend in a $2 million investment.  When an unexpected young guest arrives, claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier, the plot takes some wonderfully unexpected turns, veering effortlessly from hilarity to pathos.  The broadcast includes an interview with Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, who co-authored a groundbreaking paper in the journal “Nature” on what we popularly call the “Six Degrees” theory.

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston, MA; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago, IL; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle, WA; KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA; KRCB 91.1 FM, North Bay (San Francisco, CA); KVPR 89.1 FM, Fresno, CA; KPRX 89.3 FM, Bakersfield, CA; and many other stations nationwide.

Major funding for L.A. Theatre Works’ broadcast series is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation.  Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting non-profit organizations and their work in the community. 

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From the Editor: “Everything just makes sense” May 25, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Out Basket, >> Radio Drama.
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Late last night I watched the live action SPEED RACER (To my employer - I’m destroyed today). That’s the one – “Go Speed Racer. Go Speed Racer.”

Towards the end, the following line is offered:

                    SPEED RACER: When I’m in a T-180, I don’t know, everything just makes sense.

Kind of sums up directing radio drama. Working with ensembles of actors, musicians, and sfx artists always produces the following realities:

  • Problems with my jobs dissolve when I’m directing;
  • Relationship issues don’t really matter when I’m directing; and
  • The whole world is perfectly aligned when I’m directing.

For ten years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the finest voice actors and finest people humanly imaginable. If there’s a better way to create entertainment, please let me know.

Radio works – professionally AND personally.

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Radio Riel: Thursday April 30 on Riel Theatre from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm May 7, 2009

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This week’s broadcast of Riel Theatre at Radio Riel:

When: Today, Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Radio Riel HQ, Edison Hypatia

Presenter: Edward Pearse

Stream: http://music2.radioriel.org

Details

Radio Riel – Real Radio, Your Reality

http://www.radioriel.org/

Second Life

http://secondlife.com/

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Radio Riel: Thursday April 30 on Riel Theatre from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm April 30, 2009

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This week’s broadcast of Riel Theatre at Radio Riel:

When: Today, Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Radio Riel HQ, Edison Hypatia

Presenter: Edward Pearse

Stream: http://music2.radioriel.org

Details

Radio Riel – Real Radio, Your Reality

http://www.radioriel.org/

Second Life

http://secondlife.com/

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