June 4-6 and 11-13
On June 4-6 and 11-13, we broadcasted stories about technology, futurism, and science fiction in a series of short “radio” shows. These adapted tales were developed and produced by small creative teams and explored storytelling techniques in sound, dialogue, music, and foley art. ReThink Theatrical performed these in front of small, socially distanced audiences and through online streaming. The audio recordings will later be shared in the form of podcasts. This series was a return to one of the staples of 20th Century fiction media—the radio play—while also maintaining a focus on the future.
Performances took place at East Jersey Old Town Village, in partnership with the Middlesex County Office of Arts & History.
Photos courtesy of Justin Jajalla Photography
Emcee (Ripley): Royal Crosbie
Sound FX / Foley Performers: Eric Browne, Pat Bracuto, Jared Theinert, Joe Ciampi, Natasha Sydor
Composer / Pianist: Jonathon Wallace Dawson
written by: Katie Siegel & directed by: Bree Bracey
Things go awry at a high school science fair when a student’s project goes haywire and turns attendees into mindless zombies. Gabrielle Harris, a type-A, A-plus student whose machine caused the event, and Andi Elbaum, a joking slacker who entered the fair solely for extra credit, escape unscathed. Told through a series of audio files uncovered by government agents, the two students have to work through their differences to survive the zombie outbreak.
Gabrielle | Celine Dirkes
Andi | Emily Woods
Agent Davis | Matthew Leddin
Agent Walsh | Joel Krakower
Daphne | Madhu Murali
The Midnight Stretch
written by: Amir Gad & directed by: Adam Volerich
Welcome to The Midnight Stretch, a bi-nightly talk show with no concrete topic until you call in! When a mysterious and expressive guest turns the discussion to UFOs, host Chris “Stretch” Moseley is taken by the ear. Tune in for one wild night of truth, belief, noise, and the impending doom of control.
Chris | Leonid Lawrence
Neil | Richard Urquiza
Bobby | Christopher C. Gibbs
written by: Matt DeMiller & directed by: Melissa Gabilanes
When Terry and Sam wake up to find a hole to another dimension floating in their living room, they’ll have to hold together the pieces of their relationship long enough to figure what to do: let the hole shrink itself away, or go all in for the glory.
Terry | Johnny Kavanagh
Sam | Brianne Theocharides
written by: Hannah M'Lynn & directed by: Sam Kelly
The Grim Reaper is bored—and rightfully so. In the year 2325, the human race has all but transcended death. New technology has allowed for the extension of human life well past what was once considered a “natural” lifespan, and the need for cemeteries is as extinct as climate change, plague, and student loan debt. After a freak accident grants him the title of “first human to die in 100 years,” Bjorn Radsted is in for a surprise when Death herself comes to personally reap his soul.
Death | Nicole Jalali
Bjorn | Ryan Morey
Time | Hillel Adiv
written by: Elisabeth Graham & directed by: Maya Mitterhoff
When an old man receives a gold-plated record from outer-space, he discovers that the return address is from his deceased wife of 10 years. Wanting to believe that she has taken one last opportunity to make amends, he invites his estranged daughter over to listen to the final message. What they hear is more mysterious than they ever could have imagined.
Janis | Kim Bollard
Leo | Leonid Lawrence
Betty | Kelly Brecker
Male DJ | Joel Krakower
Female DJ | Madhu Murali
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