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Aliens Among Us

 

   

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James O'Leary

 

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August 11: We hope everyone had a good time at “Tune in Tomorrow” on August 3. There were a lot of laughs (and a few tears?). I also hope our “commercial sponsors” were well received and sales shot up on cigarettes, tooth powder, pork byproduct, and emulsified nose drops. It’s sad to say goodbye to Bobby Benson, Richard Dyke, Dantro the Planet Man, the unfortunate heirs of Uncle Otis, and the many other characters we met on that evening. I must say a personal farewell to never-were ONS artistic directors Raymond Tiddleson and Tim O’Grady from our two “One Night Stand Mystery” radio plays. I’ll miss you, adobes. (Those who saw the show know what that means.)  Thanks to our cast and crew for a great job!
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Our next show is “Sci-Fi Theater II: Aliens Among Us!” on October 5. It’s a follow-up to our first science-fiction show many years ago, this time focusing on strange visitors from other planets. If you have a short play or story (or poem) for us to consider for one of the pieces in the show, you can contact us at tickets@onenightstandtheater.org for more info. The deadline is August 25!

July 24: We are in rehearsals now for “Tune in Tomorrow” with our great cast! Each of our actors is playing multiple roles, and some are also doing sound effects! Here’s a sampling: Dave Brandl is performing as Voltar of Mars and J. Edgar Hoover; Matthew Davis is the hero for “The Black Figurine of Death” and an emotional young actor with a dark secret in “The Fishbowl”; John Greene is personification of “Romance” as well as a Hollywood agent; and Cindy Hall plays Kitty Kerrigan (Hollywood movie star) and Fema, a hideous snake-like creature from Mars. Sydney Kenney is playing both interstellar stowaways in “The Planet Man”; Charles Kolar plays Timmy, a ventriloquist dummy; Fred Lewis plays both a prison warden and a 1940s theater director (as well the futuristic “Metallic Voice”); and Jeannette MacDonald is a desperate woman in “The Valiant” and an unlucky housemaid in “The Black Figurine of Death.” Mark Ogle plays a professor, a lawyer, and an old prospector; Lorraine Scott plays two actors plus a jilted fiancĂ©; Brad Wagner is a 12-year-old cowboy and a strong believer in the supernatural; and Guy Williams is both a condemned murderer and Dantro, The Planet Man.  A supernatural mystery, a sci-fi serial, a cowboy Western, a sentimental crime story, and two episodes of “One Night Stand Mystery” -  I hope we can keep track of all these characters!

July 9: We’ve selected our radio plays for “Tune in Tomorrow”! They’re all 1940s-type radio dramas; some of them are real scripts from the Golden Age of Radio, and some are our own twisted versions of programs of that era.  We have “The Valiant” for heartbreaking romance and tragedy, “The Black Figurine of Death” for chilling mystery, “The Planet Man” for science-fiction thrills, and “Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders” for Western action. We also have two “One Night Stand Mysteries,” in which we dramatize past events of One Night Stand Theater into exciting “whodunnits.” (OK, we super-dramatized them.) The two ONS mysteries are “The Fifth Column” and “The Fish Bowl.” We are now getting the cast together and planning rehearsals. We hope to see you at the show on August 3rd!