Go Back in Time with WCWP Radio’s Throwback Play Production
Communications & Marketing, LIU,
WCWP Radio (88.1 FM) at LIU Post and the Port Washington Play Troupe are presenting a series of live radio play productions including The Thin Man and Casablanca. These throwback radio performances, which were popular forms of entertainment from the 1920s to the 1950s, transport the audience to the days of yesteryear where radio delivered the world of fantasy, mystery, and fun into your home.
The public is also invited to attend the performances of the live radio play productions, which will be performed at the Hillwood Recital Hall Stage at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post. The Thin Man, which will be performed on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m., was originally a popular radio series that was broadcast on major radio networks from 1941 to 1950, and follows the adventures of an ex-detective, Nick Charles, and his sophisticated, glamorous, wealthy wife, Nora Charles, on their escapades to unravel mystery wherever it may lie by solving murders. Billed the “happiest married couple in radio,” their infectious relationship consisted of charming one-upmanship, affectionate criticism, and inebriated fun.
In addition, WCWP Radio and the Port Washington Play Troupe will present a live radio production of Casablanca on Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m. This classic tale of wartime love set in an exotic locale is being staged as it was originally broadcast to audiences in 1944 as part of the “Lux Presents…Hollywood” series. This production will introduce the audience to the romance of cantankerous nightclub owner Rick and his past love, the beautiful Isla, set against the backdrop of World War II.
“Radio plays are a part of radio history and provide entertainment that engages the imagination,” said Dan Cox, director of broadcasting at WCWP Radio. “They are a lot of fun to listen to but it’s even more fun to see them played out on stage.”
The public is invited to attend the live productions at LIU Post and tickets can be purchased for $10 at wcwp.org. The plays will be broadcast at a later date on WCWP Radio 88.1.
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