Old-time radio drama comes to DunwoodyBy Linda Dreilinger
DeKalb Neighbor Staff Writer
crash of the sea, the cry of the gulls-sounds of an idyllic beach
holiday. The only thing marring this peaceful soundscape is a
persistent chant-a whisper at first.
"What is the law? What is the law?"
steadily, it grows in volume and intensity until suddenly, a
blood-curlding scream rings out, ending the mantra at its peak.
And then, silence.
begins the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company's award-winning audio theater
presentation of H.G. Wells' "The Island of Dr. Moreau," adapted for
audio by Thomas E. Fuller.
Performing, recording and broadcasting
in the tradition of old-time radio dramas for over 20 years in DeKalb
County, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company is bringing its own brand of
sci-fi terror to the Stage Door Players in Dunwoody Oct. 28 and 29-just
in time for Halloween.
"We normally have a main stage performance
running through October but nothing was ever themed for the holiday,"
said Stage Door Players Artistic Director Robert Egizio, who recently
cemented a partnership with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company.
Egizio's theater is now the permanent home for the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, performing several live shows during a season.
in what it terms "theater of the mind," the Atlanta Radio Theatre
Company will perform a series of eerie tales in honor of Halloween,
where sound has a starring role.
The featured presentation of its
upcoming "Into the Labyrinth" show is "Throne of Shadows" written by
Thomas E. Fuller. Set in 1920s Mexico, it tells the tale of a deposed
empress whose fanatical delusions are so vivid they conquer reality and
drag others into her insanity.
The Atlanta Radio Theatre
Company's performance of "Into the Labyrinth," will be at the Stage
Door Players Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets will be $10.
The lack of costumes and set forces the audience to bend their imaginations.
words set up the sound effects but then, it is all in [the audience's]
mind," said Bill Ritch, sound engineer, writer and director for the
company, whose production of Robert Heinlein's "The Menace from Earth"
won the prestigious 2004 Mark Time Award for best adaptation.
broken celery simulates cracking bones; watermelons stand in for humans
and vampires being stabbed or staked; and a bag of grapefruits dropped
on the hood of car sounds surprisingly like a body falling to a
spaceship floor. These are all tricks and treats of the sound effects
"I get to try and figure out what makes the sound without
actually using the real thing," said Chamblee Tucker resident Sonya
Arundar, a one-time sound board operator for the company who now acts
as a Foley, or sound effects, artist.
"We try for a little more
realistic sounds than movies, but we still have to give the customers
what they expect," said Ritch who has donated his Stone Mountain
basement as a rehearsal area for the past 15 years.
Radio Theatre Company's performance of "Into the Labyrinth," will be at
the Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
and Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10.