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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.

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Many people doing radio theatre today in America got their start due to the efforts of the National Audio Theatre Festivals.

This year, NATF presents HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City, June 20-23.

The Radio Theatre Project is excited to be included in the program. You can hear Shelter at the festival, Friday 10:30am in Cinemark “B”. If you want to hear three days of great audio works and learn from some of the masters, head on over to Kansas City.

 

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fringe_radioThe Radio Theatre Project is excited to be part of Fringe Radio at the Atlanta Fringe Festival. From now until June 30, Shelter and Live Alligator Wrestling will be up for listening on the Fringe Radio Site, along with some fantastic other productions from producers across the country.

There’s a discussion with our Artistic Director Mimi Rice on the Atlanta Fringe blog:

“Our mission is to provide a place where people can experience artistic and educational programs in innovative ways; to bring people from diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences together as artists, audiences and volunteers.”

 

You’ve got two shows in the festival. So, what’s the skinny on them?
“Shelter” – As authorities warn of a deadly storm hitting the Tampa Bay area, four friends confront the past and the unknown to survive the afternoon. Playwright Matt Cowley (pictured above) is WMNF -88.5 FM Community Radio Web Manager, producer of Soundstage Audio Theatre and RTP Live!’s Foley master.

“Live Alligator Wrestling” – 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.

Owen and Pearl Godwin pioneered alligator-wrestling as a tourist attraction in Florida — but the sparring in their marriage could be just as entertaining.

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From the BBC News:

On 16 February 1923 the BBC broadcast its first radio drama – the Quarrel Scene from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. To mark the anniversary, BBC Radio Drama have recorded a new version of the scene – which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thousands of actors have embraced the medium of radio since the early days. Take a look back at what has changed through the decades – with the BBC’s head of audio drama Alison Hindell.

There’s a fantastic slideshow with narration attached to the story; check it out here.

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