A Christmas Memory
By Truman Capote
December 12, 2020 | Streaming
Truman Capote’s short story was originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in 1956. PTP Radio Cavalcade has adapted it for our annual holiday presentation. Largely autobiographical, Capote’s 7-year-old narrator recounts memories of Christmas activities involving himself and an elderly cousin and details country life and friendship as well as loneliness and loss.
By Paul Gallico
February 12, 2021 | Live Stream @ 7:30 p.m.
Prerecorded viewing available for 48 hours from February 13-14
Set in New York during WWII, a lone soldier explores the city with only a 48-hour pass before shipping out overseas. A chance encounter with a young lady results in them spending two days together, and along with a friendly milkman, the sites and sounds of the city provide a backdrop for them falling in love.
The Postman Always Rings Twice
By James M. Cain
April 16-18, 2021 | Streaming
A middle-aged roadside diner owner, hires a drifter to work at his restaurant. The drifter quickly begins an affair with the owner’s beautiful young wife and the two conspire to kill her husband and seize his assets. When they succeed, a local prosecutor becomes suspicious, but is unable to build a solid case. However, the couple soon realizes that no misdeed ever goes truly unpunished.
By Daphne du Maurier
June 4-6, 2021 | Streaming
Daphne du Maurier’s gripping 1952 tale of a seaside English village besieged by a series of sudden and unexplained bird attacks was presented by Lux Radio Theater in 1953, 10 years before Alfred Hitchcock reset the location in Bodega Bay and reworked the characters and plot for his Academy Award-nominated film. Lux’s version maintains du Maurier’s original tale of a farmhand, his family, and his community set in her home county of Cornwall prior to WWII and their struggle to survive the mysterious bird attacks.
Sorry, Wrong Number
By Lucille Fletcher
June 11-13 | Streaming
Long considered one of radio’s greatest dramas, Lucille Fletcher’s story revolves around an invalid woman confined to bed who accidentally overhears a telephone conversation in which she seemingly hears two men plotting a murder. She increasingly becomes frantic as she struggles to get someone to believe her. It was a tour de force performance by Miss Agnes Moorehead on radio and earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Barbara Stanwyck for the 1948 film version.
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.