Radio writers and producers Matt and Sheila Cowley were invited to be part of a panel to talk about writing for audio, at the national conference of the Dramatists Guild in La Jolla, CA in July 2015.

Along with representatives from LA Theatre Works and KSVR, they talked about the art of radio writing – working within the limitations of audio-only, which frees up stories to be completely intimate, or larger than any stage.

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An enthusiastic crowd watched a live performance of Matt’s short play, “Pendulum” – with live Foley effects including death by celery, featuring local actor and playwright Dewey Davis-Thompson.

The talk was popular, with lots of questions and enthusiastic comments for days afterwards. The Dramatists Guild is the wonderful union for playwrights around the country, a vital and exciting group.

We’re honored to be included, and here’s to some great new scripts finding their way to an RTP performance soon.

Fabulous Season Finale

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Another great show last night as we wind up the Radio Theatre Project’s 2014-2015 Season.

The highlight was guest voices from the audience playing roles on a recap of this season’s Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective story – to catch everyone up before Noel’s Season Finale.

Many thanks to Ray Arsenault, Sandra Gadsden, Lisa Lippincott, Steve Mitchell, Michelle Routh and Ann Scott for stepping up to the mic!

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Join us Monday, March 23 at 7 PM for Radio Theatre Live! 
TROUBLE (yes, with all capital T’s!) is the theme, starting with Trouble at the Supermarket.
 A simple trip to the supermarket in a tropical tourist town, jinxed with miscommunication and bad luck, turns into a comic misadventure. RTP favorites Rich and Mimi Rice are back from their vacation to play this couple on vacation.
 Bride on the Rocks features a jilted bride (Lisa Powers Tricomi), still in her wedding dress, drowning her troubles with the help of a very sympathetic bartender.
 In Contract Removals, a woman wants to hire someone to remove something troublesome, but does she want a mover or a hitman? 
And, of course, trouble never ends in The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective. The only question is what kind of new troubles will Noel and his sidekicks find this month? 
 $10 admission. 727-895-6620. 620-1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg. 
Plus mark these 2015 dates on your calendar: Apr. 27, and May 18!
To learn more visit RTP Live! at www.radiotheatreproject.org.

The Studio@620 and WMNF Radio Theatre Project (RTP Live!) Season 5 concludes with a grand finale on Monday May 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Plays include The Blackout by Karin Fazio Littlefield, One Three Two by Michael Weems, and the Season Finale of The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective. Don’t miss it—Playwrights promise that something will finally happen in this episode!

Be part of the live studio audience as our actors read a variety of scripts enhanced by a traditional Foley artist (aka a sound effects man). Performances at 7 PM. Admission is “Pay What You Can” at the door. (Suggested donation $10)

The Blackout by Karin Fazio Littlefield

Sylvia, alone and pregnant in the Manhattan high-rise she shares with her husband Noah, awaits her husband and a dinner guest, Mr. Swanson. In spite of the blackout, Swanson arrives and engages Sylvia in a disturbing conversation. When Noah gets home, though, Swanson vanishes. As the night continues, sights and sounds become even stranger and more ominous. Are they Sylvia’s hallucinations, or is the danger real?

Karin Fazio Littlefield has a varied background, from genetics and philosophy to art and film. She has created numerous site-specific installations and video pieces. Her plays have been produced across the US and Canada by companies including the American Globe, Manhattan Repertory, She Speaks, Last Frontier, and Sign Post Forest Theatres, as well as The Disreputables in Washington, D.C.

One Three Two by Michael Weems –

A man who can’t handle the overload of information in modern society decides to drop out. He begins by forgetting all the numbers in his life. Can his concerned wife talk him down?

Michael Weems is a Houston based, award-winning playwright, actor and founding member of Cone Man Running Productions. He was previously on the board for Phare Play Productions in Manhattan. Michael’s plays have been seen across the US and other countries- totaling over 80 productions to date. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. (from Weems website bio)

The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective – Season Five finale by Matt Cowley and Paul Wilborn

The Studio@620 and WMNF Radio Theatre Project (RTP Live!) Season 5 continues on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Be part of the live studio audience as our actors read a variety of scripts enhanced by a traditional Foley artist (aka a sound effects man). Performances at 7 PM. Admission is “Pay What You Can” at the door. (Suggested donation $10)

This month’s radio plays include:
Huntsville by Danielle Wolff

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, two strangers agree to share a ride to Huntsville. Over the course of two days, they discover that they’re both guarding secrets and the recent events cause them both to examine their lives and the choices they’ve made.
Lost Satellites by Eugenie Carabatsos

“Lost Satellites” follows siblings, Ben and Ally, who are moving Ben across the country after the death of their mother. Their fiesty GPS accompanies them and attempts to get them to their destination in one piece. 
The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective #6 by Matt Cowley and Paul Wilborn.

Join us on Monday March 10 for the next installment of the Studio@620 WMNF Radio Theatre Project!

This month will feature an assortment of scripts including the latest chapter in the ongoing series “The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective” by Matt Cowley and Paul Wilborn as well as other exciting radio plays. Come be part of the live studio audience and watch our actors , complete with traditional sound effects on Monday March 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Fun for all ages! Pay what you can at the door. Performances are signed for the hearing impaired.

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Honest Arrangement by David Weiner directed by Jim Wicker

Willie, a lonely widower, nervously awaits the arrival of his email-order bride at a busy airport. Both of them end up with considerably more – and less – than they expected.

David Wiener’s plays have been produced in England, India, Canada, and the U.S. (and have also been published in the Smith and Kraus “Best Plays” anthology series). He completed a Literary Internship with La Jolla Playhouse and worked as their Dramaturgy Associate; currently he sits on the Board of the Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation.

Bliss by William Russell directed by Bonnie Agan

Burt takes care of everyone’s grave in the cemetery except for Olivia, a teenaged girl who died in a car accident, making blood enemies of her brother Larry and her boyfriend Ham, who was driving. These three, along with two homeless men and a mysterious stranger, meet in the cemetery thirty years later. Will old hatreds lead to another tragedy?

William Russell’s play Renovations (renovationstheplay.com) was produced last year in New York at Theater for the New City. He has had other plays produced in Manhattan, as well as in Brooklyn; Woodstock, NY; Norwalk, CT; and Los Angeles. For several years, Russell was an actor/writer member of the avant-garde theatre troupe Quena Company. As a writer/actor member of Theatre Artists Workshop, Russell’s work has been included in the Workshop’s productions of the Playwrights’ One-Act Festival; the WOW Festival; Songs and Stories; and New York State of Mind, among others.

The Porch by Barry M. Putt, Jr.

Hank and Lennie have been friends for years – watching life go by. When an opportunity to take a trip arises, it threatens to destroy the foundation of their friendship and possibly their world.

Barry M. Putt, Jr.’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in Canada. He currently writes for KSVR’s Radio Theater Project audio-theatre series in Mount Vernon, Washington and is developing a musical based on the life of the infamous Dr. H. H. Holmes. Putt is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the American Renaissance Theater Company, and Passage Theatre’s Play Lab.

The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective by Paul Wilborn and Matt Cowley

What can happen next in this popular adventure series set in St Pete and written by and performed by the Radio Theatre Project Ensemble. Tune and turn on to Noel Berlin!!!