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Welcome to all 1,399 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater February 13, 2012

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CBS Radio Mystery TheaterCBS Radio Mystery Theater (CBSRMT) was my introduction to radio drama. Iin the mid-1970’s, my father was commuting into New York and every now and then I would grudgingly ride up to the station to get him.

One night I happened to tune in E.G. Marshall’s introduction and was intrigued. Here was a format that had disappeared from the dial over a decade earlier. And when the story came on I was entertained. But when Marshall closed the episode with “Pleasant dreams, Hmmm?”, I knew I was hooked. Picking up my father from the train station was never a chore after that.

It is a pleasure to welcome CBS Radio Mystery Theater; Radio Mystery Theater truly is Lit Between the Ears.



LA Theatre Works: Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn on Saturday 5 December December 5, 2009

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This weekend, beginning Saturday, December 5, L.A. Theatre Works will air Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn. The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Saturday from 10 pm to midnight on KPCC 89.3 FM, and can also be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/.

Table Manners, the first battle in Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests trilogy in which England’s famous seducer of other men’s wives lays siege to his sister-in-law, stars Rosalind Ayres, Ken Danziger, Martin Jarvis, Jane Leeves, Christopher Neame, and Carolyn Seymour. The broadcast includes interviews with Alan Ayckbourn and Martin Jarvis.

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 WBEZ, Chicago, IL; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle, WA; 90.1 WABE, Atlanta, GA; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley, CA; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco, CA); 89.1 KVPR, Fresno, CA; 89.3 KPRX, 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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You might not have believed the NaPlWriMo post from yesterday, but here’s proof December 2, 2009

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In case you missed yesterday’s post, “Done! Off the Pipes, an audio drama, is finished at 114 pages” (https://twoplusplus.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/done-off-the-pipes-an-audio-drama-is-finished-at-114-pages/), the proof is enclosed!

The Official Rhino Badge was earned by Frank Curts letting me tell 114 pages of his story in Off the Pipes (On NaPlWriMo at http://www.naplwrimo.org/OffThePipes).

The NaPlWriMo community was full of intensely focused writers. From the contacts I had, the group collectively and individually pursued playwriting with passion.

What to write in 2010?

Best to all,

William E. Spear

National Playwriting Month:


Other writing on Scribd:


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Done! Off the Pipes, an audio drama, is finished at 114 pages December 1, 2009

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Monday evening, 30 November, Off the Pipes was uploaded to the NaPlWriMo site (http://www.naplwrimo.org/OffThePipes). The main character is Franks Curts, a quarterback for the American football team, the Rivermen, in the Industrial Football League. Curts had been bothering me to write his story for four years.

The NaPlWriMo seemed a fine opportunity to get the broad parameters of Curts’ story in place. On 1 November 2009, I began writing his story. At that time, I only knew two things about him: 1) He felt he was the only member of the Rivermen capable of winning a championship for the team; and 2) Years earlier, the only previous opportunity to win a championship was lost when the team’s kicker, stoned out of his mind on crack, missed an easy field goal as time ran out.

Thirty days and 114 pages later, the first draft of Off the Pipes was finished and uploaded. The play is written for audio and intended to be performed live. Irrespective of the quality of the draft, and the amount of writing still to be done on the script, a couple of valuable lessons were learned or reinforced:

  1. A lot of writing can be done in a modest period of time;
  2. Self-editing can be wholly, or, at least, largely, turned off; and
  3. Writing for audio is a phenomenally flexible means for telling stories and developing characters.

Hoping everyone’s holidays are joyous,


Cross-posted from British Theatre


Off the Pipes and other work may be found at Scribd at:


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Lit Between the Ears – Final rehearsal before Teen Cafe on Wednesday 4 November November 3, 2009

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Late on Monday evening, cast and crew wrapped rehearsals for the Wednesday 4 November performance of Lit Between the Ears – The Plays of William E. Spear. The show is 7:00PM at North County Branch Library in Clinton, New Jersey USA.

Four plays will be premiered:

  1. Swing for the Fences;
  2. The Table;
  3. Celebrating Johnny Parks; and
  4. It Suits Her.

Open to young people in grades 6 through 9 and their families. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.

Stop at the library, at 65 Halstead St. in Clinton, or call 908-730-6834.

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