About Prospect Theather Project’s Radio Cavalcade
Prospect Theater Project’s Radio Cavalcade invites you to tune in to days gone by as we present live re-creations of classic radio programming from the 30s, 40s, and 50s.
From comedies to dramas, noir to romance, and tales of the mysterious to the supernatural, PTPRC brings to life the medium that took America by storm and informed, entertained, and shaped the opinions of three generations.
PTPRC is presented in the style and format of the original radio productions, including commercials, music, and live sound effects! Our Radio Cavalcade Players are excited to present fun-filled, vintage programming that keeps these time-honored traditions alive.
Strangers on a Train
By Alfred Hitchcock
October 29, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Based on the psychological thriller by novelist Patricia Highsmith, Alfred Hitchcock’s film is considered an iconic classic. The story concerns two strangers who meet on a train, one of whom is a psychopath who suggests that they “exchange” murders so that neither will be caught. Lux Radio Theater presented adaptations on two separate occasions.
Miracle on 34th Street
By George Seaton
December 10, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
A perennial holiday film favorite, “Miracle on 34th Street” won three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Edmond Gwenn), Best Screenplay, and Best Original Story, and was nominated for Best Film. After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy’s, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he’s not mistaken. Both Lux Radio Theater and Screen Directors’ Playhouse presented adaptations for radio, with Lux’s version featuring original stars Maureen O”Hara, John Payne, and Edmond Gwenn.
I’ll Be Seeing You
By Charles Martin
February 11, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotton, and Shirley Temple starred in the 1944 romantic film, the story of a soldier suffering from combat fatigue who meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness that blossoms into romance. Adapted for radio by Lux Radio Theater.
The Immortal Sherlock Holmes
By Orson Wells
April 8, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Mercury Theater was helmed by Orson Welles and is most widely known for its production of “War of the Worlds.” Their version of this Sherlock Holmes mystery is adapted from the stage play by William Gillette that was based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character. Mercury Theater’s script was penned by Welles and based largely on “A Scandal in Bohemia,” as well as a mixture of elements from other Holmes stories. It once again pits Holmes against his nemesis Professor Moriarty as the sleuth works to unravel a tale of scandal and blackmail.
By Ken Englund
June 10, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Featuring star Gary Cooper re-creating his original role from the 1948 film, Screen Guild Theater produced their radio version in April 1949 with Ginger Rogers stepping into the Ann Sheridan role. It’s the story of Sam Clayton, who has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need–like a house.
Prospect Theater Project established its PTP Radio Cavalcade programming in 2017, and our upcoming season will be our fourth full year of a four-show radio play season. The 2019-2020 season may have been interrupted, but our Radio Cavalcade Players have been hard at work, recording a gorgeous four-part video series of Raymond Chandler’s beloved THE BIG SLEEP.
THE BIG SLEEP was the first appearance of the unforgettable Phillip Marlowe, the hard-boiled detective who would become a staple of Chandler’s detective stories. Marlowe was iconically portrayed on the silver screen by the laconic Humphrey Bogart.
Just like a live Radio Cavalcade show, our at-home video version makes YOU the studio audience of our radio station at the height of radio’s Golden Age. Sit back and get lost in Raymond Chandler’s THE BIG SLEEP — just click on ACT ONE below to start watching!
We are offering this first virtual installment of our Radio Cavalcade for free, out of gratitude for the immense support of our patrons and for the inspiring creativity and resilience of our artists. However, if you would like to donate, you are always welcome to do so. Our current donation campaign can be found by clicking the link below.