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Season Three

Join in the fun as live radio theatre takes center stage complete with sound effects! Each radio play is broadcast at a later date on WMNF 88.5 FM HD 3 during the Soundstage Audio Theatre program on Sundays at 9 PM. Join us once a month as we embark upon our third season of live radio theatre!

Third Season continues on April 30 @ 7 PM

The Studio@620 WMNF Radio Theatre Project invites you to join us as our third season continues on Monday April 30 with “Live Alligator Wrestling” by Doug Cooney, and “Something’s Going to Happen” by Corinne Fleisher

SOMETHING’S GOING TO HAPPEN by Corinne Fleisher, a retired award-winning Maryland English teacher, published short story writer and great grandmother who continues to write plays.  Directed by Eleanor Wolf.

In "Something’s Going to Happen", two women, on a back porch in an ocean of tears –all that’s left of the world—talk about men and what they will miss.

LIVE ALLIGATOR WRESTLING by Doug Cooney, a Florida nativetwice honored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs,  produced nationally and internationally including at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the Mark Taper Forum and currently a staff writer on a forthcoming Disney Jr. animated series called Sofia the First. Directed by Julia Flood.

Get to know the Godwins in this funny and heart-warming comedy, "Live Alligator Wrestling".  Owen and Pearl Godwin pioneered alligator-wrestling as a tourist attraction in Florida -- but the sparring in their marriage could be just as entertaining.

Alligator-tourism was pioneered in Florida by an enterprising huckster named Owen Godwin Sr. who developed a backyard pit full of reptiles into the mega-attraction known today as Gatorland.   
But nevermind the gators.  Behind every successful man .. stands a woman.   Doug Cooney's funny and heart-warming comedy, " Live Alligator Wrestling", examines the enduring marriage between Godwin and his long-suffering wife, Miss Pearl.

About Doug Cooney

Playwright Doug Cooney is a Florida native whose work has reached audiences across the nation, and around the world.  Twice honored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Cooney has been produced by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center Institute in New York City, and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. among many others.  He is currently a staff writer on a forthcoming Disney Jr. animated series called "Sofia the First."

Save the Date! The Radio Theatre Project Season Three Finale will be held on May 21, 2012!


Previous Radio Theatre Programs :

March 19, 2012

March 19 which will feature "Memory Pillow” by David Kranes, “Photographs”, a monologue by Corinne  Fleisher, and "Dinosaur Limbo" by Bill Leavengood

PHOTOGRAPHS  by Corinne Fleisher, a retired award-winning Maryland English teacher, published short story writer and great grandmother who continues to write plays. In Photographs, two elderly women - one elegant, the other plain- study an old photograph album that arouses memories beautiful as well as painful and - questionable.

DINOSAUR LIMBO by Bill Leavengood, nationally-awarded, two-time Eugene O'Neill playwright and alumnus of Circle Repertory best known  in FL for writing and directing the hit musical, WEBB'S CITY and 16 year veteran Director of Shorecrest Preparatory School Theatre Program. Dinosaur Limbo is an off-beat comedy-drama about an old-time, veteran Broadway producer who comes to California to help his son, a water-filter salesman, stage a small-time showcase production in Hollywood.

MEMORY PILLOWby David Kranes, novelist, playwright and former Artistic Director of Sundance Playwrights Lab. Krane’s play "Loss of Appetite" was broadcast in RTP Live!'s first season. In Memory Pillow sleep -- its spaces, objects, rituals and memories -- touches on so much which is intimate and durable in our lives.


February 27, 2012

February 27 features “Florida Folk and the Tales They Do” by Phyllis McEwen and Bob Devin Jones and “Pilgrims of the Storm” by Catherine Hagner. Join Harry Bailey at Bailey’s  Pub, for stories, songs and a taste of New Orleans on the night that changed the city forever.

Phyllis McEwen is known for her vibrant impersonations of folklorist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston. She’ll be telling Florida stories and sharing songs from the years Zora was collecting oral histories for the WPA.

“I put on my shoes and I started going up some roads and down some others, to see what  Negroes do.”   —Zora Neale Hurston


January 23, 2012

January 23 will feature “A River in the Desert” by Mark Leib playwright,Creative Loafingtheatre critic and visiting instructor/ adjunct professor at USF and Eckerd College. Directed by Andy Orrell. and prize winning student play “Waiting for Abigail” by Hannah Mribiha and Ana Krsmanovic. Directed by Jim Rayfield

A River in the Desert by Mark Lieb: In 1941, an SS officer following the German army into Poland encounters the Jewish philosophy professor whom he studied with and idolized a decade earlier. In a tense confrontation, the younger and the elder man consider the lives that they've chosen and the forces that motivate them. Can a Nazi and a Jew find any common ground whatsoever? And will the SS man be able to do a favor for his old teacher - or is it too late for anyone's generosity?

Waiting for Abigail by Hannah Mribiha and Ann Krsmanovic: An award winning script by Northeast High students, the play takes place in a hospital emergency room as friends wrestle with life and death decisions, and ponder a friend's impact on their lives.


Holiday Special December 19, 2011

Give yourself a Holiday gift that celebrates family, small towns and hard work and listen to Radio Theatre Project players and local guest artists perform the Christmas Classic based on “The Greatest Gift”…"It's a Wonderful Life" from Lux Radio Theatre archives and directed by Rich Rice. " A perennial holiday favorite, the play tells the story of an angel that helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed."


Treat yourself to a very special restaurant called… "The Chatterbox Club" by Tampa actor, director, teacher, playwright James Rayfield  and directed by Nancy Cole. "The Chatterbox Club”, follows a young man into a very special restaurant where conversation rather than food is on the menu.  He explores the entrees looking for something to his taste.  He finally finds a delicious conversationalist and takes the relationship to another level.

Holiday Sing a long.  Please join us to celebrate the season with live music and holiday song.

Sponsored by The Duckwall Foundation and The Tampa Bay History Center

Performances are Free and Open to The Public and will be signed for the Hearing Impaired.


Season Premiere November 14, 2011

The Season premiere on Monday Nov 14th features "December 8, 1941, written and directed by Larry Elliston, an Emmy Award winning PBS Documentary film director and assisted by Bob Devin Jones. "December 8, 1941" spotlights the news and events surrounding Tampa, Florida the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The play will be accompanied by a "Lum & Abner" script, a popular Golden Age of radio program of the time. This radio play is presented in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center and the Duckwall Foundation. A reprise of "December 8, 1941" will be presented at the Tampa Bay History Center on Dec. 8, 2011.

The evening will also feature an award winning student play “The Life And Times Of The Modern Philanthropist” by Justin Gonzalez, Robert Houttuin & AJ Valdes.


Mark your calendars for these future Radio Theatre Project Dates

December 19 will feature “Chatterbox Club ” by Jim Rayfield, “It’s a Wonderful Life” from the 1940’s
Lux Radio Theater script and a Holiday sing-a-long.
January 23 will feature “A River in the Desert” by Mark Leib and prize winning student play “Waiting for Abigail” by Hannah Mribiha and Ana Krsmanovic.
Radio Theatre Project Season III continues on Feb 27, March 19, April 30, and closes with a
season finale on May 21, 2012


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