7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Wednesday, October 6
Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater
Admission is free—first come, first seated.
The Enormous Radio
Series: The CBS Radio Workshop
(Originally broadcast May 11, 1956, on the CBS Radio Network.)
Director: Mercita DeMonk
Jim and Irene Wescott could be considered a fortunate married couple: their income is pretty good, they have compatible friends, and they share a passion for symphonic music. They attend concerts, of course, but most of the time they depend on the radio for their music. And when their old receiver finally dies, they reluctantly replace it with a state of the art model that eventually changes their lives.
The Shop Around the Corner
Series: The Gulf Screen Guild Theater
(Originally broadcast September 29, 1940, on the CBS Radio Network.)
Director: Herb Graham
Such a complicated tale to convey, and only a half hour to do it—minus more time for the commercials—but in Norman Corwin’s capable hands, not only does it work, it shines! A boy-meets-girl story in which, at first, Klara and Martin can’t stand each other. Little do they know that they genuinely admire each other as anonymous pen pals. If you missed the play, the musical, and the movie, this may need further explaining. You’ll be rewarded with just that when you attend the AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players’ version of this charming story. For now, let’s just say... it shines!