History and Fiction
About This Show
Why don't writers who fictionalize history just write fiction? Why did Shakespeare call his character Richard III or King John? Why not call him Reginald I or Murray II? If a fiction writer does choose to use a real person's name, does the writer have any obligation to make the fictional character resemble the real one?
Most Recent Episode
In The Real World
Sep 7 13
Like the short story, Living History, on which the play is based, this is a mystery story. It's both a tale of "Who done it?" and a "Who was the victim?" It opens with a policeman questioning a professor who has found a dead body in another professor's backyard. Like the short story, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are involved, but so is Harry Houdini. In form, this is an old fashion radio play, complete with sound effects and multiple actors.
This third episode is the play, In the Real World.