Delmarva Public Radio is producing a new half-hour drama program that will be hosted by Harold Wilson called, “Delmarva Radio Theatre”. The program features original radio plays adapted from short stories published in The Delmarva Review, the journal of the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Actors include members of The Community Players of Salisbury, a local theatre company, as well as very talented Delmarva Public Radio staff. The schedule at this point is to produce a drama each quarter. All will appear on Delmarva Public Radio WSCL 89.5.
This edition of Delmarva Radio Theatre features the drama “Cantabile,” a story told by the main character Anne Molloy. Anne is a pianist “of a certain age,” who, retired from concert performances, conducts two-week workshops at her big house, “Cantabile,” eight times each year for adult amateur piano students. The focus of Anne’s story is her relationship with a brilliant young pianist, Philip, who, even though he is young, she allows into one of her workshops. Philip is different and Anne senses he doesn’t quite fit in with the older group. But he is a wonderful pianist and Anne is taken with him. Philip doesn’t continue his studies, however; he joins the Marines. When he does return to “Cantabile” Anne notices that his right leg is a prosthesis. The play is adapted from the short story “Cantabile” written by John McKeon and published in volume 11 of the Delmarva Review. It was nominated for a Pushcart award. The characters in “Cantabile” are played by, Anne Colwell as story-teller Anne Molloy, and Mike Murphy as Philip. Anne Colwell is a poet and professor of English at the University of Delaware and Mike Murphy is an emergency services medical doctor in Salisbury, Maryland and a member of the Community Players of Salisbury. Link to broadcast.
“Doreen” is adapted for radio from a short story of the same name by the author, Margaret Adams. The radio drama is a monologue in which Doreen tells us about being diagnosed with breast cancer and her subsequent choice of treatment. It’s a moving and perhaps somewhat controversial story. Actress Judy Hearn, a member of the Community Players of Salisbury, takes the role of Doreen. Author Margaret Adams is a nurse practitioner. In interviews before and after the presentation of the play Margaret discusses “Doreen” from both a literary and medical perspective. Link to Broadcast
Even though the setting is 1932, the topic is very timely. It is the story of an unmarried young woman who finds herself “in the family way” (a euphemism of that day) and facing a significant decision. Our play is the story of her struggle with that decision. The program features a short interview with author Marcelle Tiebeaux. The episode will air will air Sunday evening at 6:00 pm on March 22, 2016.
An original story by Margaret Rodenberg titled, “Mrs. Morrisette.” “Mrs. Morrisette” will air Sunday evening at 6:00 pm on January 17, 2016.
The first play, “Robot on a Park Bench” by Brandon Getz will air Sunday evening October 18, at 6:00 pm on WSCL 89.5.