Audio Plays

For one of your Play Analysis assignments, you can listen to an audio play and complete the assignment based on that (and as if it would be a live performance).  Below you will find some possible audio plays to choose from.  They are mp3 files that can be downloaded and then put on a music player to listen to.

R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)

Rossum’s Universal Robots asks a question, which has haunted Science Fiction: What does the creation of an artificial life form mean for the fate of humankind?
Based on the play by Karel Čapek; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 1 Hour 11 Minutes
Podcast: June 4, 2010
Helena, the daughter of the president of a major industrial power, arrives at the island factory for a tour of Rossum’s Universal Robots. The original stage play premiered, in Czech, in 1921.

Alice In Wonderland

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the story by Lewis Carroll; Adapted by Charles Potter; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 55 Minutes
Published: 1998?
Seeing Ear Theatre’s Original and faithful production features film star Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol, The Imposters) as Alice and Simon Jones (The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as the White Rabbit.

Brad’s Book Of Lies

By Roger Gregg; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 28 Minutes
Podcast: May 2008
“Following a nervous breakdown, the world’s greatest marketing guru awakens to the fact that the only truth he’s ever known is how to best tell lies. He resolves to become a new person but soon discovers that the world around him will not let his old self die. Simon O’Gorman stars in this dark comedy.”

Every Now And Then

By George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 33 Minutes
Broadcast: 2003
“A sunny day, a quaint antique store, browsing through the artifacts of the past. To some, these are the ingredients for a pleasantly-spent afternoon. To Frank, it is the beginning of a journey that will tear his world inside out. Is his amusing and puzzling journey down memory lane an actual journey? Or a careening descent into insanity?” Every Now And Then [is] an original radio drama of suspense.

Donovan’s Brain

Part 1

Part 2

By Curt Siodmak; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 1 hour
Broadcast: May 19 & 25, 1944
Donovan’s Brain, the classic “brain kept alive in a jar” tale, was first published in 1942 as a novel by Curt Siodmak (whose story and screenplay for Universal’s classic monster movie, The Wolf Man, scarifyed moviegoing audiences a year before). Today, the 1953 film version is more well known but Suspense nailed it on CBS radio nine years earlier with an unforgettable one hour version directed by, and starring (not surprisingly), the formidable Orson Welles. Is it good, you ask? Does it deliver…suspense? Sure, sure, sure…

Running to Detroit

By Dave Carley; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 38 Minutes
Published: July 2010
A mother and daughter plan on crossing the border from “Canuckistan” into Detroit, Michigan in an effort to “boost the American economy.” Sadly, a passport problem makes the change their plans – but all is not lost, as a pair of shady characters can help!

School Spirit

By George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 28 Minutes
Broadcast: Halloween 2005
“After a nighttime brush with the supernatural will Michelle’s first day of High School, be her last?”

Three Skeleton Key

Based on the story by George G. Toudouze; Adapted by James Poe; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 24 Minutes
Published: December 23, 2009
Three men who tend the light at a reclusive island off the coast of French Guiana see a rogue ship adrift in the Atlantic. The reason for the derelict ship soon becomes obvious – it has been overrun by hundreds of thousands of ferocious ship’s rats. The rats land on the isle and soon we are in for a claustrophobic tale of terror as the three men struggle to keep their minds from cracking under the pressure of thousands and thousands of squeaking, scratching, hungry rats.

Black Canoes

Adapted from the story by Tony Daniel; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 56 minutes
Published: September 1, 2000
“the story of two people who venture into the countryside and end up in a series of bizarre adventures involving a primitive village and things that are not what they seem.”

Breakaway, Backdown

By James Patrick Kelly; Performed by a Full Cast
Approx. 36 Minutes
It’s the future, and living in space is no laughing matter. It’s hard work, and hazardous to your health, cutting life expectancy by 40 to 50 years. What kind of person would give up 40 to 50 years for the adventure of breaking away from Earth? Not Cleo. She tried desperately to break away, to start a new life in space, but failed. She backed down.

Child’s Play

Based on the short story by William Tenn; Adapted by Andrew Joffe; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 36 Minutes
Things couldn’t possibly get worse for Sam Weber, the world’s biggest loser. He’s behind on his rent. His girl is falling for another man. And, oh yeah, the worst thing of all. Sam is a lawyer. It seems Sam’s luck has finally changed when the time lines get crossed and he accidentally receives a mysterious package delivered from the future. Sam sets about improving his life–by creating life itself. Even for such a loser as Sam, it’s child’s play when you have a “Build-A-Man Kit” from 2523 A.D. Oh, Sam is a loser, all right. But now he’s a loser with a powerful chemistry set from over 500 years in the future!

Clean Escape, A

Based on the short story by John Kessel; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 29 Minutes
Published: 1998
In the privacy of her office, a psychiatrist torments a man suffering from a faulty memory. Or does she? When treatment becomes a struggle for power, who can separate reality from illusion, lies from truth, sanity from insanity, guilt from innocence? And what is at stake in the world outside the room? Spend a session with Robert Lynch and Dr. D. S. Evans in John Kessel’s mind-bending dance of reality, fantasy, and psychological horror, A CLEAN ESCAPE.

Daughter Earth

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the story by James Morrow; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 36 Minutes
Published: 1998
Speaking before a Senate subcommittee, Pennsylvania farmer Ben Garber recounts the strange year in which he and his wife brought into the world a very unusual child. Little “Zenobia” (as she comes to be called) is a bouncing baby biosphere, loved by her parents, despised by her older brother and covetted by men of power and authority. But what does Zenobia want, and what does her presence mean for the future of mankind? Science and nature clash in this touchingly humorous fable of family, responsibility and all our hopes for a better tomorrow.

Death Of Captain Future, The

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the short story by by Allen Steele; Adapted by Brian Smith; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 54 Minutes
Published: November 1998
Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi on Star Trek) and Neil Dickson (Prof. Ian Matheson on She-Wolf Of London) star in this original production of Allen Steele’s Hugo-Award winning novella of the same name. In this comic and bitter piece, he takes us for a tragic trip aboard the Comet, commanded by Bo
McKinnon, an obese slob who’s convinced that he’s the 1940
s pulp SF hero, Captain Future!

Diary Of A Mad Diety

Part 1

Part 2

Approx. 45 Minutes
What if God were one of us? What if, in fact, God was some hack writer from Queens going by the name of Gunther Black? And say God was having a little problem with multiple personalities and schizophrenia. Say God was losing his frigging mind! With manic abandon and stylish elan, Stanley Tucci, star of such films as Big Night and the up-coming Joe Gould’s Secret, brings you…God. But this is God with a bit of problem. God with His consciousness split into thousands of personas, into dozens of nations.

Dry Quiet War, A

Part 1

Part 2

By Tony Daniel; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 1 hour
Published: 2000
A weary warrior from the Big War at the End of Time returns home to his rightful place in the past. His only desires–rest for his battle-torn mind, and the chance to rekindle the love that he thought he’d lost forever. But “glims”—violent killers that our warrior helped to create—are not far behind. These outlaws from the far future are determined to wreak a twisted revenge on the universe that has rejected them, and upon one weary warrior in particular.

Elevator And A Pole, An

Part 1

Part 2

By Tony Daniel; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 57 Minutes
The amazing ensemble of Kyra Sedgwick, Oliver Platt, Peter Gallagher, and Stanley Tucci star in a supremely demented cross between Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and the Marx Brothers! A strangely compelling “pole” rises up somewhere in the desert. After contemplating the pole (and their own navels) for a moment, our heroes — or are they anti-heroes? — risk being thrown off the Earth if they do not begin climbing. …Meanwhile, another group has been trapped in an elevator for days, assured that soon “the lubricant will penetrate the mechanism” and they can finally get out. Each discovers that any idea of conscious control of one’s own personal destiny is an illusion – and a deadly illusion at that. This may be the wildest, weirdest, and most thought-provoking Seeing Ear Theatre production ever!

Emily 501

Part 1

Part 2

By Tamara Hladik; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 41 Minutes
Sitaine Nuluhaya is an exo-archeologist and a linguist, sent on a mission in the Cygnus system to explore the ruins of an extinct culture. As a scholar of languages, she is delighted to discover an unknown, alien language, but this ancient tongue might not be as dead as she thinks…

Feel The Zaz

Part 1

Part 2

By James Patrick Kelly – Performed by a Full Cast
Approx. 65 Minutes
Play croquet with Muhammad Ali, bake cookies with Gertrude Stein, or take John Wayne’s philosophy course. That’s the allure of Starscape, the interactive VR celebrity Web site, where you can visit with your favorite stars of the 20th century. Live the glamour. Become the legend. Unfortunately for Dylan McDonough, artistic director of the site, the year is 2037, which means that most of the people on the net could care less about old, dead celebrities. Starscape is reeling. Their zaz is way down. Until the arrival of Vanity Mode, superstar wannabe. Vanity is an odd egg, a Down Syndrome patient with a Computer Aided Thinking implant, and a voice and attitude like liquid sex. This is her story.

Firewatch

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the story by Connie Willis; Adapted by by Tony Daniel; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 58 Minutes
Young Bartholomew (played by the star of Broadway’s “The Green Bird,” Sebastian Roché) is a graduate student in history from a future Oxford who is assigned to join and study the famous Fire Watch Brigade-the volunteer corps whose brave members kept St. Paul’s Cathedral from being burned to the ground by Nazi incendiaries. In the course of his stay Bartholomew falls in love—and falls under suspicion of being a Nazi spy. He discovers that history is not only very much alive-it may well be set on killing one ill-prepared graduate student in particular.

First And Last Musical On Mars, The

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

By George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 85 Minutes
Published: 1998?
The First Internet Musical Features 14 Original Songs, 15 Singers, 7 Musicians And The One And Only Mary Jo Pehl from Mystery Science Theater 3000! The fully orchestrated production features strings, drums, horns and piano performing all styles of music from rock, pop, and blues to contemporary musical theater. Mary Jo Pehl performs in a cameo role, singing a stirring country western ballad which is sure to become a classic. The musical was written, composed and directed by George Zarr.

Flat Edge Of The Earth, The

Part 1

Part 2

By Brian Smith and Terry Bisson; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 70 Minutes
In this haunting tale of magical realism, two strangers, a blind woman (Nana Visitor) and a
steely businessman (Alexander Siddig) meet on an ill-fated airplane ride, en route to the sunny
beaches of the Caribbean. And though they get off to a bitter and bickering start, with nothing in
common, they soon find that there is something more, something strange but familiar between them,
unspoken. And when the plane crashes on an uncharted island they find themselves the sole
survivors–and like Dante in “
Inferno” they realize that they too have come to the middle of their
lives, lost and alone, “trapped in a dark and mysterious wood, with the straight way lost.”

George And The Red Giant

Part 1

Part 2

Adapted from a story by Stephen Baxter; Adapted by Eric Brown; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 1 hour
Published: 1998?
On Babylon 5, Londo (Peter Jurasik) and G’Kar (Andreas Katsulas) have forged an uncomfortable alliance in order to maintain a tenuous galactic peace. In “George and the Red Giant,” Katsulas and Jurasik are once again forced into an unlikely partnership, this time as two New Yorkers from the
1990s who are trying to escape an alien world millions of years in the future. Further adding to their troubles, the two men have somehow been transformed into flying lemurs.

Based on the short story George and the Comet by Stephen Baxter.

Greedy Choke Puppy

Based on the story by Nalo Hopkinson; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 37 Minutes
Published: March 10, 1998
Some in Trinidad say the soucouyant is an old woman–a crone who takes the form of a fireball at night and steals the breath of children to add more years to her unnatural life. But these are all foolish folk tales left over from a simpler time, right? So says young Jacky, who is writing her dissertation on such fairy tales at the local university. And just because Jacky’s grandmother believes in such things, that doesn’t make them real, does it?

Herd Mentality

Part 1

Part 2

By Kurt Roth; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 54 minutes
Published: 1998
The cast of the hit Sci-Fi Channel TV series, Mystery Science Theater 3000, stars in this original audio comedy by newcomer Kurt Roth. Roth’s short stories have appeared internationally in magazines and anthologies such as Odyssey and The Chronicles of the Round Table. In “Herd Mentality,” he and the MSTies take an absurd comic turn into the old west–back to Roswell, New Mexico, circa 1872, for a look at the “first” Roswell Incident.

Horla, The

By Guy de Maupassant; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 25 minutes
Broadcast: August 21, 1947
The Horla, written in 1887 by Guy de Maupassant, is an unusual horror tale about an invisible alien entity that seeks to inhabit and control human beings. It was cited by Lovecraft as being the inspiration for his classic story, The Call of Cthulhu, and as an important forerunner to the weird
horror genre pioneered by himself, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, and others, in the early-mid 20th century. This version, from Mystery in the Air (oddly, a summer replacement for the Abbott and Costello Show), benefits from a brisk script and a wonderful live performance by Peter Lorre as your weekly raging psychopath.

Into The Sun

By Brian Smith; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 20 Minutes
Published: 1997
Mark Hamill stars in this audio thriller about Julian Freed, a medical doctor on board a spaceship en route to the nearby, but still quite distant star, Wolf 389. Freed wakes from suspended sleep to find the crew gone, and the ship heading into a sun…One strange morning, after a night of fitful sleep, Dr Freed wakes to find the ship deserted, the crew gone; in shock, Freed searches the cabins, corridors and offices, but finds nothing… not a trace… He makes his way to the bridge, there’s no one there… but he discovers that the ship is on automatic pilot, and is heading straight into a nearby sun!

Jaguar Hunter, The

Part 1

Part 2

Approx. 65 Minutes
In this lush and seductive drama from award-winning writer Lucius Shepard, Lou Diamond Phillips (star of film and Broadway) plays Esteban Caax, a poor Honduran hunter coerced into tracking the forbidden ‘Black Jaguar of Barrio Carolina.’ Esteban stalks the cat using the method of his ancestors — only to have the jaguar mysteriously transform into a seductive Mayan woman (played by Tony-winner Chita Rivera). The hunter and hunted are soon intertwined in a seductive dance which forces them to tread a dangerous path between everyday reality and a world of ancient Mayan mystery that, in the end, might easily lead to Esteban’s death.

Jumping Niagara Falls

By Brian Smith and George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 40 Minutes
Published: 1998
Seeing Ear Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of “Jumping Niagara Falls,” an all-new sequel to Lucille Fletcher’s classic, “Sorry, Wrong Number.” “Jumping Niagara Falls” follows the fatal path of murderous husband Elbert Stevenson and his new (and much younger) girlfriend, Phoebe, as they embark on their first vacation together, to Niagara Falls. Also along for the trip: the implacable, revenge-bent spirit of Mrs. Stevenson.

Knock

Based on the short story by Fredric Brown; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 22 Minutes
Published: 2000?
“The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door…” The horror of, of course, doesn’t lie in the story but in the ellipses — the implication of *what* knocked at the door? The tale “Knock” opens with those two sentences, then spins a narrative that details a handful of surviving humans imprisoned in a zoo-like environment. They are under study by Zan, an alien race preparing to colonize the Earth.

Lifeboat Mutiny. The

Based on the story by Robert Sheckley; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 28 Minutes
Broadcast: September 11, 1956

Lottery, The

Based on the short story by Shirley Jackson; Adapted by Ernest Kinoy; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 28 Minutes
Broadcast: March 14, 1951
“A story about a quaint old custom.”

Lucky Strike, The

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the novelette by Kim Stanley Robinson; Adapted by Fiona Avery; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 73 Minutes
Was dropping the atomic bomb on the civilian population of Hiroshima the right thing to do back in 1945? Was there a middle path between the A-bomb and invasion? In this gripping alternate history, the Enola Gay isn’t the plane that drops the bomb. Instead it’s the Lucky Strike, as Timothy Hutton plays the pilot of the plane, a man with a burning question on his conscience.

Man Who Could Work Miracles, The

Based on the short story by H.G. Wells; Suggested by a script by David Gold; Adapted by Andrew Joffe; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 29 Minutes
An eccentric black comedy inspired by the H.G. Wells short story. To spark a revival of faith on earth, two angels grant a down-trodden human the power to work miracles. Bad idea. Their semi-altruistic spark unwittingly ignites the ultimate big bang.

Marilyn Or The Monster

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Part 2

Based on a short story by Jack Dann; Adapted by Jack Dann and Brian Smith; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 45 Minutes
Jack is haunted. He can’t sleep at night, terrified of an unseen monster; in fact, he hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in over 30 years… since before he was in Vietnam. His psychiatrist believes he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But for Jack, the real problem lies much deeper– and holds a far greater truth than he could possibly imagine… Based on the short story “Marilyn” by Jack Dann.

Mars is Heaven

Story by Ray Bradbury; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 28 Minutes
Broadcast: May 8, 1955
“Mars is Heaven!”, a short story by Ray Bradbury, was first published in 1948 but remains one of the most popular science fiction stories to this day. Many will recall it from the Martian Chronicles set released two years later; a classic Bradbury collection that has never gone out of print. What will the first men on Mars find when they land there? An unwelcome alien environment? A dead lifeless place or…a place of the dead? If you like The Twilight Zone, you’ll dig this story.

Martian Crown Jewels, The

Based on the story by Poul Anderson; Adapted by Andrew Joffe ; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 35 Minutes
Published: 1998?
The Martian Crown Jewels have been stolen! The theft threatens to destroy diplomatic relations between Mars and Earth. Inspector Gregg, of the Earth police force stationed on Mars is stumped! Who can solve the baffling mystery and avert a galactic catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions? None other than Mars’ greatest private investigator, Syaloch, a seven-foot stork who lives in the “Street of Those who Prepare Nourishment in Ovens.” He is a brilliant thinker who (despite being a 7 foot tall bird) is the very image of another ”great detective” from Earth’s past. Can Syaloch, after all his reading of Earth’s Sherlock Holmes, crack the case in this delightful playfair mystery? Elementary!

Monkey’s Paw, The

Based on the story by W.W. Jacobs; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 24 Minutes
Published: 1998?
Ever heard the irritating “Be careful what you wish for–?” Of course you have, but have you ever truly grasped its meaning or felt its bone-chilling power? You will, after spending a little time with the White family in W.W. Jacob’s “The Monkey’s Paw.”

Moon Moth, The

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the short story by Jack Vance; adapted by George Zarr  Performed by a Full Cast
Approx. 73 Minutes
Published: 2000?
On the planet Sirene everyone wears a mask according to his status — or strahk — in society. Communication is accomplished through singing accompanied by a plethora of instruments, each of which signifies a different emotional mood or is used to talk to a different social caste. The problem is, the assassin Angmark is a master of Sirenese customs and — like everyone else on Sirene — his face is hidden behind a mask. Our doddering ambassador-detective’s only hope: to learn to use his own mask — the lowly Moon Moth — before Angmark relieves him of a head to put it on.

Most Dangerous Game, The

Based on the story by Richard Connell; Adapted by Fred Greenhalgh; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 32 Minutes
Podcast: September 25th, 2009
Wealthy big-game hunter Sanger Rainsford falls off his boat in the middle of the Caribbean and finds himself on a curious island. He finds the mansion of General Zaroff, a Cossack who has a taste for the hunt, and will go to any extreme to keep himself interested…

Murder Mysteries

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the story by Neil Gaiman; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 74 minutes
Published: 2000?
In this mystery noir set in heaven’s City of Angels before the fall, the first crime has been committed. It is an awful one. While the angelic hosts labor to create the world and its workings, one of their number is mysteriously slain by one of their own. Raguel, Angel of Vengeance, is mandated by Lucifer to discover both motive and murderer in this holy dominion that had so recently known no sin.

Nostalgianauts, The

Based on the short story by S.N. Dyer; Adapted by George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 29 Minutes
Published: 2000
What would you do if you had the ability to travel twenty-five years into the past? Visit relatives or friends from a quarter of a century ago? Maybe try and alert your younger self to what the future holds? Now look at it from the other end. What would your younger self think about being visited by an older version of yourself?

Oblivion Syndrome, The

Approx. 27 Minutes
Robert is, or was, a long-range government cartographer, used to long periods of isolation… but this is different. His ship is dead in space, with no hope of rescue, the food supply’s diminishing, life support’s failing, etc., etc.; the odd thing is, Robert doesn’t really care. He’s slipped beyond the edge of the sane world… leaving Victoria, the shipboard computer, alone in the fight to bring him back.

Orson The Alien! The Untold Story Behind The War Of The Worlds

Loosely adapted from the novel by H.G. Wells and a play by Orson Welles; Adapted by Terry Bisson, Brian Smith and George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 1 Hour 3 Minutes
Published: 1998?
On October 30th, 1938 Orson Welles shocked the world with his faux “news” broadcast of an Alien invasion from mars; thousands of people believed the reports and streamed into the streets, panicked and screaming for their lives. Now, 60 years later, Seeing Ear Theatre asks the question, “What if two real aliens were listening to Welles’ historic broadcast? And what if they, too, believed the reports to be authentic and felt obliged to travel to Earth to help save us from the dreaded Martians? What then, Orson? Walter Koenig (Star Trek’s Chekov, Babylon 5′s Bester) stars as one such alien, a Commander on a seemingly routine peace-keeping tour of deep space, routine that is until his young Cadet (Paul Singleton) surfs the space dial and finds “news” of Grovers Mill, New Jersey, and heat rays and charred bodies. S.E.T. regulars Jef Betz, Rebecca Nice, and George Zarr star as Bud, Rosie, and Lester, three out of luck Brooklynites with nothing much to lose, including their hapless lives. And Dick Rodstein makes his Seeing Ear Theatre debut as the boy wonder himself, Orson Welles.

Other Worlds

By Charles Potter; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 29 Minutes
Published: 1998?
The astonishing account by the swashbuckling hero Cyrano de Bergerac, playwright, inventor and the greatest of all the King’s musketeers in 17th century France. This 30 minute audio adventure takes our hero to the Moon — via the French-Canadian frontier — for encounters with a threatened race of extraterrestrials and a couple of Earthborn saints. Then it’s on to the Sun for more surprise encounters before our wanderer touches down on terra firma again… but we won’t tell you where. You have to be there, or be square!

Propagation of Light in a Vacuum, The

Part 1

Part 2

By James Patrick Kelly – Performed by a full cast
47 Minutes
Seeing Ear Theatre takes you to an strange and illogical place, where our laws of nature have been repealed. In this “unreality,” near is very far away, time ticks at random — from yesterday to tomorrow to today — and imagination is the key to survival. Where did everyone go? When our hero awakes after his starship breaks reality’s speed limit, his fellow crew members have mysteriously vanished. All alone on a ship he barely understands, he stares into the depths of madness but manages to look away — with the help of his imaginary wife. Together they are haunted by the secret of the runaway starship. Dedicated to Blair Hundertmark

Resident Member, The

Based on a story by Paul Marlowe; adapted by Digby Young; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 29 minutes
Published: November 20, 2009
…Poltergeists, death, and romance interrupt a quiet dinner at the Etheric Explorers Club… On any given day, the intrepid members of the Etheric Explorers Club can be found frustrating prophesies, wrestling with ancient evils, and generally striding boldly down the dark alleys of life, in order to fill in those portions of man’s map of reality that are, perhaps, better left blank. As with any club, though, there are always members who stay behind so as not to miss a second helping of pudding. This is their story. First published in Something Wicked Issue 7.

Roads Must Roll, The

By Robert A. Heinlein;
Approx. 30 minutes
Broadcast: September 1, 1950
In the future depicted in The Roads Must Roll, the 1940 Nebula award-winning short story by Robert A. Heinlein, automobile, truck and train traffic had become impossibly congested and unmanageable, so the engineers have taken over and have converted roads and highways into rolling roads -similar to conveyor belts but on a massive scale- that move people and goods from place to place at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Hang on to your potatoes! Problem is, the technicians who keep the roads rolling are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their status. They believe that because rolling roads are of prime importance to the nation’s infrastructure, they should be rewarded more highly than other workers. And when such issues of technological change, politics, unions and class come together, serious conflict is bound to occur…

Shade Of The Slowboat Man, The

 

Based on the short story by Dean Wesley Smith; Adapted by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 34 Minutes
She cannot allow herself to love him. Yet she loves him so. She is a vampire. She knows better than to fall in love. But he is her “slowboat man,” and he has transported her to reaches beyond both the living and the undead. She cannot allow herself to love him. Yet she loves him so. Can even the heart of a vampire be broken?

Signal Man, The

Based on the short story by Charles Dickens; Adapted by George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 29 Minutes
Published: 1998?
It is 1860. A female reporter is drawn into the haunted, frenzied hallucinations of a railroad signal-man. Are the terrors he experiences a form of insanity — or a frightening shade of reality? Are his blood-curdling nightmares simply coincidence — or omens of horror to come?

 Snow Glass Apples

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Part 2

By Neil Gaiman; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 46 Minutes
Published: 2002
Once upon a time there lived a young princess with skin as white as snow, with hair as black as coal, with lips redder than blood. Most people think they know what happens to this young unfortunate girl. Most people are wrong. Tony-award winning actress Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Sweet Charity, and TV’s Cheers) stars as a wise Queen who wants nothing more than to reign over her kingdom peacefully but is forced to match wits with an inhuman child who has an unnatural taste for blood.    

Sorry, Wrong Number

By Lucille Fletcher; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 25 Minutes
Published: 1999
Lucille Fletcher’s “Sorry, Wrong Number” originally appeared as an installment of the dramatic series Suspense and was named the greatest show of all time by Orson Welles. In Fletcher’s tense and claustraphobic tale, the bedridden Mrs. Stevenson mistakenly plugs into a telelphone conversation between two men plotting an innocent woman’s murder. The play unfolds from Mrs. Stevenson’s trapped persective, on the bed, alone–the telephone line her only connection to the outside world.

Think Like a Dinosaur

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Part 2

By James Patrick Kelly; Performed by a Full Cast
Approx. 49 Minutes
Michael O’Hare (Commander Sinclair on Babylon 5) stars in this original dramatization of the Hugo Award winning novelette of the same name, by author James Patrick Kelly. Many of Kelly’s short stories, including this one, have appeared in The Year’s Best Science Fiction. This haunting tale of deep space travel and fractured identities is Kelly’s and Michael O’Hare’s first venture into the medium of audio dramas…

Time Machine, The

Part 1

Part 2

Based on the novel by H.G. Wells; Adapted by Charles Potter; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 62 Minutes
A scientist invents a wondrous time machine made of ivory, crystal, brass – and a handheld computer — in our updated drama based on the H.G. Wells masterpiece. Our intrepid inventor uses the device to travel 90,000 years into the future, where he discovers the childlike Eloi, who live in ignorant bliss on the surface while the hideous, subterranean Morlocks dwell below.

Time’s Arrow Time’s Spiral

By George Zarr; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 30 Minutes
Published: Written December 1998
A furious confrontation between two brothers mutates into a non-stop duel of vengeance. As their orbit of homicidal retribution widens, it bursts from the dawn of time and spills into history, embroiling ancient Roman soldiers, sea-journeying Puritans, lawmen of the Old West, and two American Presidents. Who wins and who loses as the fraternal cycle of birth, retaliation, and death erupts into the remote future?

Titanic Dreams

Based on stories by Robert Olen Butler; Adapted by Sarah Montague; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 44 Minutes
Published: January 2000?
In the still night air on April 14, 1912, an iceberg pierces the hull of the Titanic. A young American woman and an aging English bachelor connect briefly on the deck of the doomed vessel. She is unwillingly placed in a lifeboat, and he returns to the smoking lounge to await the inevitable. Decades later, they connect again; he has dissolved into the water that claimed his life, while she has passed through time onboard the lifeboat. Gigi Edgley and Clancy Brown star as the ill-fated couple who embrace life from the depths of death.

Wheel, The

Part 1

Part 2

By Jeff Kraus and Sue Zizza; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 51 Minutes
Published: May 17, 1998
In this post-apocalyptic fable, Owen and Topsie cross the near-endless Desert of Glass, staying one step ahead of the radio-active glowwinds, in search of their origins, their childhood home–and a tape machine that will let them hear the one artifact their late father left behind, a voice recording of who they are and how they came to be…

By His Bootstraps

Based on the short story by Robert A. Heinlein; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 57 Minutes
Podcast: June 11, 2010
Bob Wilson locks himself in his room to finish his doctoral thesis on time travel. Suddenly a stranger appears in his dorm room and tells him to stop writing and start listening. The interloper, who looks strangely familiar, calls himself “Joe” and explains that he has come from the future through a Time Gate.

Dracula

Based on the novel by Bram Stoker; Performed by a full cast
Approx. 53 Minutes
Published: July 11, 1938

Mercury Theater, starring Orson Welles

Huckleberry Finn

Based on the novel by Mark Twain; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 51 Minutes

Published: March 17, 1940

Campbell Playhouse

Our Town

Based on the play by Thornton Wilder; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 58 Minutes

Published:  May 12, 1939

Campbell Playhouse

Private Lives

Based on the play by Noel Coward; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 58 Minutes

Published:  April  21, 1939

Campbell Playhouse

Rebecca

Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier ; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 1 hour

Published:  December 9, 1938

Campbell Playhouse

War of the Worlds

Based on the story by HG Wells; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 59 minutes

Published:  October 30, 1938

Mercury Theater, starring Orson Welles

Clean as a Whistle

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

By Bruce Coville; Performed by a full cast

Approx. 68 Minutes

Published:  2010

It doesn’t have any vampires, werewolves, ghosts or unicorns, but it does have “a demented Scottish brownie.”

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