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24 minutes | 4 days ago
Episode 64 -An Actors Notebook - Boris Karloff And The Creation Of SAG
REDFIELD ARTS PRESENTS AN ACTORS NOTEBOOK - Episode 26 - Boris Karloff And The Creation Of The Screen Actor's Guild DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! Find more great audio at: www.redfieldartsaudio.com In this edition of AN ACTOR'S NOTEBOOK, Mark Redfield looks at the life and career of actor Boris Karloff and Karloff's participation in the creation of The Screen Actor's Guild in 1933. © 2019 The Mark Redfield Company Music and sound design by Jennifer Rouse
35 minutes | 10 days ago
Episode 63 - MICKEY MOUSE THEATRE ON THE AIR! 1938 “Snow White Day” Radio Show!
Episode 63 - MICKEY MOUSE THEATRE ON THE AIR! 1938 “Snow White Day” Radio Show! http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com November 18th marks the birthdays of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! November 18th was chosen as the anniversary date (by the late Disney historian and archivist Dave Smith) as that’s the date that “Steamboat Willie” (by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks) was released. It’s the first “talkie” Mickey Mouse cartoon from the Disney Brothers. But Minnie and Mickie made their actual screen debut in “Plane Crazy” on 15 May, 1928. After the success of the sound “Steamboat Willie”, “Plane Crazy” was scored and vocal and sound effects were added, and the short was re-released in 1929! And the first voice of Mickey Mouse in the films? Walt Disney! I always wondered why Mickey didn’t have his own radio show. He, and all the characters created by Disney and voiced by such wonderful voice talents would have been a natural. Particularly as music was so important to all of Disney’s films, and rapid fire dialogue, character voices, and verbal humor was king in the movies and radio of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. But Mickey and his friends were on the radio in the late 1930s. Perhaps radio, and Walt being primarily a visual storyteller, was just too much for the growing studio after they released their feature animated cartoon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Of course broadcasters we after Disney to do radio, and when the opportunity to help promote Snow White presented itself, Disney leapt at it, and put his all into it, like he did with everything. Mickey Mouse Theatre On the Air was a short lived variety radio program that debuted on NBC in January, 1938. Remarkably well produced and performed, it moves swiftly and packs the short program with great familiar characters and songs. It’s a shame that Mickey Mouse Theater on the Air only lasted until May of 1938, with only about 20 shows produced, broadcast every Sunday afternoon. There are so many wonderful possibilities for Mickey and friends on the radio…it could have been somewhat groundbreaking had it been given the chance, much like The Muppet Show was when it debuted on television in the 1970s… Here’s the second show, “Snow White Day”, originally broadcast on January 9th, 1938. With The Felix Mills Orchestra. Spike Jones conducting Donald Duck’s Swing Band. Clarence Nash as Donald Duck, Thelma Boardman as Minnie Mouse, Stuart Buchanan as Goofy, and the announcer is Joe Hiestand. Walt Disney appears as himself, and as Mickey Mouse!
43 minutes | 24 days ago
Episode 62 - An Interview With Artist/Illustrator Mark Wheatley
In this program, illustrator and artist Mark Wheatley talks about his career as an artist and publisher in the comics industry, and his recent book, “Songs of Giants- The Poetry of Pulp”. The illustrated anthology of poems written by H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E Howard inspired a companion audio collection, with reading by Mark Redfield and original music by Jennifer Rouse. If you’d like to order Mark Wheatley’s book “Songs of Giants”, please visit http://www.SongsOfGiants.com or http://www.insightstudiosgroup.com For more great audio visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
40 minutes | a month ago
Episode 61: Redfield Arts Audio's Halloween 2020 Hootenanny
Episode 61: Redfield Arts Audio's Halloween 2020 Hootenanny DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! Dare you tour Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted House Of Usher? Featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, a very special haunted house, Halloween history and facts, and much more! Narrated by Mark Redfield and Jennifer Rouse Music and sound design by Jennifer Rouse With your host Mary Anne Perry Cover Art By Mark Wheatley FOR MORE GREAT AUDIO VISIT www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
36 minutes | a month ago
Episode 59 - THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO Performed By John Astin and Mark Redfield
Episode 59 - The Cask Of Amontillado Starring John Astin and Mark Redfield DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For more great audio visit: www.redfieldartsaudio.com Recorded at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, MD Poe’s tale of revenge, served ice cold, was published in the November 1846 issues of the magazines “Godey’s lady’s Book” and “The New England Weekly Review”. Our production was adapted and directed by Tony Tsendeas, with incidental music and sound scape by David Crandall. Our star , John Astin, has performed a one-man show called “Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight”, written by Paul Day Clemons and Ron Magid. Said John about Poe: “I feel that Poe, through his own tortured existence, gained deep insight into the nature of the universe, along with an intense love and appreciation for life itself. Through this play I want to share that impression with others." John Astin is teaching and directing theater in Baltimore At Johns Hopkins university as of November 2019, and has had a long, rich career as an actor in radio, films and television.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 58 - On The Death Of Edgar Poe
EPISODE 58: On the Death of Edgar Poe Poe died on October 7th, 1849, in Baltimore. The mystery of what brought him to death’s door will never be solved. His genius, poetry and tales live on beyond his brief forty-years on Earth. This miniature audio portrait was written and narrated by Mark Redfield. Music and Sound Design by Jennifer Rouse. Excerpts from Redfield’s film “The Death of Poe” feature the voices of Tom Brandau, Kevin G. Shinnick, Sean Paul Murphy, David Ellis, Jonathan Ruckman and others. © The Mark Redfield Company Visit http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com Thank you for subscribing to the Redfield Arts Audio Podcast!
13 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 57 - Exclusive! And Interview With PLUTO, Poe's Grumpy Black Cat
EPISODE 57: Exclusive! An Interview with Pluto, Poe’s Grumpy Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe’s famous tale of perverse terror “The Black Cat” was published in 1843. Redfield Arts Audio presents an exclusive audio interview with the cat who inspired it! For More Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 56 - “The Fall of The City” by Archibald MacLeish Starring Orson Welles and Burgess Meredith
Episode 56 - “The Fall of The City” by Archibald MacLeish Starring Orson Welles and Burgess Meredith Fascism is a slippery word. It’s meaning changes and is nuanced with each incarnation. Fascist leaders copy other fascists , and use what is expedient to control the people. We present the audio drama “the Fall of the City” by Archibald MacLeish. Produced by the Columbia Workshop for CBS Radio and presented on April 11th, 1937. This experimental radio play was a sensation when broadcast in the spring of 1937, and made an overnight radio star of 22 year-old Orson Welles. The New York Times selected “the Fall of the City” as one of the best radio broadcasts of 1937. The Fall of the City By Archibald MacLeish Recorded at the drill hall of the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York City on April 11th, 1937. Broadcast by CBS radio. A production of The Columbia Workshop. The Cast includes: House Jameson as the studio director Orson Welles as the Announcer Adelaide Klein as the Voice of the Dead Woman Carleton Young as the First Messsenger Burgess Meredith as The Orator With 200 extras to voice the crowds “the City has fallen” was directed by Irving Reis with music by Bernard Herrmann. DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For more great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
24 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 55 - Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE Act 1 (of 4)
Episode 55 - Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE Act 1 (of 4) Redfield Arts Audio presents Eugene O’Neill’s “ANNA CHRISTIE”. A young woman escaping from abuse and prostitution hopes to start a new life with her estranged father. Act One (of four) Starring the voice talents of: Mackenzie Menter as Anna, Ben Dawson as Mat, J.R. Lyston as Chris, and Lois Bailey DeVeas as Marthy. Music and Sound Design by Jennifer Rouse. Adapted from O’Neill’s play, and Directed by Mark Redfield. © The Mark Redfield Company. DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For More Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 54 - Vincent Price - A Poe Legacy & “The Pit and the Pendulum” Suspense Radio Drama
Episode 54: Vincent Price - A Poe Legacy & “The Pit and the Pendulum” Suspense Radio Drama In this podcast, listen to Mark Redfield’s audio essay of Price’s life and career, and his legacy of work performing adaptations of Poe. Included is the 1957 radio program “The Pit and the Pendulum” DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For More Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArts Audio.com
60 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 53 - In Conversation with Artist Lee Moyer
EPISODE 53: In Conversation with Artist Lee Moyer Mark Redfield chats with artist/illustrator and writer Lee Moyer about his career, artistic influences, current work and his upcoming novel. Lee Moyer is an award-winning painter, illustrator and designer. Lee Moyer’s award-winning work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, London, Santa Fe, and Helsinki; and featured in Communication Arts, China’s Top Artist magazine and 7 Spectrum collections. He was a docent at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, Art Director for EA, Lead Artist for “Dungeons & Dragons”, and co-creator of games “13th Age” and “Cursed Court”. Lee illustrated book covers for Seanan McGuire, Kim Newman, and Iain Banks; and world-premiere posters for Stephen Sondheim and Stephen King, Tori Amos, 6 Laurel & Hardy films for 20th Century Fox, ‘Call of Cthulhu’ for the HP Lovecraft Festival, and more. His essay ‘The Elements of Illustration’ is widely read and he is a popular speaker. Lee Moyer’s web site is https://www.leemoyer.com Moyer is the Balticon54 Guest Artist for 2020. The annual convention from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society has been going strong for fifty-four years. In 2020 the convention was held online as a Virtual Event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For more great audio visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
80 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 52 - Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Production of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA
Episode 52 - Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Production of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA Redfield Arts Audio presents the Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air production of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. Broadcast on CBS in July of 1938, it was the first audio drama production from The Mercury Theatre, produced by John Houseman and Welles. Orson Welles plays Dr. Seward and voices Dracula, with Agnes Moorehead as Mina, George Coulouris as Jonathan, and Martin Gabel as Van Helsing. Many of the actors came along to radio from the Mercury Theatre stage, and would go on to films produced by Welles and The Mercury Theater, such as CITIZEN KANE (1941). Bram Stoker’s novel DRACULA was published in May of 1897, and has inspired countless adaptations in radio, theater, and film. Join host Mark Redfield as he introduces this historic audio drama. DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For more great audio drama visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com
22 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 51 - Poe's Poetic Principle - Three Poems On The Death Of A Beautiful Woman
Episode 51: Poe's Poetic Principle - Three Poems On The Death Of A Beautiful Woman Find more great audio at http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com ______________ In “The Philosophy of Composition" , an 1846 essay written by Edgar Allan Poe , he gives his theory about how good writers write, when they write well. He concludes that length, "unity of effect" and a logical method are important considerations for good writing. He also states that "the death... of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world". Ulalume is a poem written by Poe in 1847. Much like Poe's poems The Raven and Annabel Lee, Ulalume focuses on the narrator's loss of his beloved due to her death. Poe originally wrote the poem as an elocution piece and, as such, the poem is known for its focus on sound. It makes many allusions, especially to mythology. The three central elements of Poe's philosophy of composition are: Length. Poe believed that all literary works should be short. They should be read in a single sitting. Method. Poe dismissed the notion of artistic intuition and argued that writing is methodical and analytical, not spontaneous. Unity of effect. The essay states Poe's conviction that a work of fiction should be written only after the author has decided how it is to end and which emotional response, or "effect", he wishes to create, commonly known as the "unity of effect". In this essay, Poe logically decides on "the death... of a beautiful woman" as it "is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world, and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover." Biographers and critics have suggested that Poe's obsession with this theme stems from the repeated loss of women throughout his life, including his mother Eliza Poe, Jane Stanard, his foster mother Frances Allan and, later, his wife Virginia. In the essay, Poe traces the logical progression of his creation of "The Raven" as an attempt to compose "a poem that should suit at once the popular and the critical taste." Even the term "Nevermore," he says, is based on logic following the "unity of effect." The sounds in the vowels in particular, he writes, have more meaning than the definition of the word itself. He had previously used words like "Lenore" for the same effect. The Raven itself, Poe says, is meant to symbolize Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. This may imply an autobiographical significance to the poem, alluding to the many people in Poe's life who had died.
84 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 50 - “PLAGUE” How Golden Age Radio Dramatized Pandemic & Plague
Episode 50 - “PLAGUE” How Golden Age Radio Dramatized Pandemic & Plague DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For More Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com Mark Redfield presents three audio dramas from the Golden Age of Radio Drama that dramatize how we confront and deal with plague, pestilence and pandemic, reflecting from the standpoint today’s Coronavirus Pandemic that we are all dealing with. In this collection: “The Great Plague” from The Weird Circle (1945); an adaptation of Jack London’s “The Scarlet Plague” from Escape (1954); the juvenile science fiction “The Mericus Plague” from Captain Starr of Space (1953). As we enjoy these audio fictions in there historical context, please BE SAFE! And follow all State and Medical guidelines, and please take caution! Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and come up with the testing and vaccine that we all need!
18 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 49 - "Casey At The Bat" by Earnest Thayer Read by Mark Redfield
Episode 49 - “Casey at the Bat” The Great American Pastime Poem by Earnest Thayer Read by Mark Redfield DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For more Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com Ah! Baseball! In this episode, Mark Redfield pines for baseball season, and performs Thayer’s famous 1888 poem, “Casey at the Bat”. Along the way, Redfield gets a little help from Abbott and Costello, Babe Ruth, and Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver. Play ball!
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 48 - "The Curse Of Black Aggie" Audio Drama Written By Stuart Voytilla
Episode 48 - "The Curse Of Black Aggie" Audio Drama Written By Stuart Voytilla DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For More Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com The Curse of Black Aggie An Original Audio Drama Written by Stuart Voytilla Featuring the voice talents of: Susan Stroupe, Chris Pfingsten, Mike Moran, Mara Neimanis, Rebecca Eastman, David Crandall, and Mark Redfield. Original Music by Jennifer Rouse. Soundscape and Sound Effects by David Crandall. Recording Audio Engineer Bill Dickson. Recorded before a live audience at Baltimore Theatre Project. A ghost story. An urban legend. The legend lives! The legend kills! “The Curse of Black Aggie” tells one possible origin story of the famous Baltimore urban legend of the sinister, and sad, “Black Aggie”. A creepy tale of artists, stolen souls, abuse and vengeful spirits returning from the grave!
33 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 47 - POE TO MUSIC - An Interview with Violist Peter Minkler and Composer Jonathan Leshnoff
Episode 47 - POE TO MUSIC - An Interview with Violist Peter Minkler and Composer Jonathan Leshnoff DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For More Great Audio Visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com POE TO MUSIC: The Interview with Violist Peter Minkler and Composer Jonathan Leshnoff. A conversation about the creation of this Poe-inspired cantata, DARK BELLS. Mark Redfield hosts a candid interview with composer Jonathan Leshnoff and musician Peter Minkler, in which they discuss the creation and inspiration of “Dark Bells”, inspired by the poems “The Bells”, “Alone” and “Eldorado” by Edgar Allan Poe. Although the piece is designed for orchestra as well as chorus, this interview includes excerpts of “Dark Bells” performed by The Baltimore Choral Arts Society. “Dark Bells” is an oratorio composed for solo viola, orchestra and chorus by Jonathan Leshnoff in 2014. It was co-commissioned by Peter Minkler and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. We are grateful to The Baltimore Choral Arts Society for allowing us to listen and record one of their rehearsals for “Dark Bells”, under the direction of associate conductor Leo Wanenchak. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society: http://www.baltimorechoralarts.org
34 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 46 - "The Cask Of Amontillado" Live Audio Drama Starring Mark Redfield and Chris Pfingsten
Episode 46 - "The Cask Of Amontillado" Audio Drama Starring Mark Redfield and Chris Pfingsten DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! For more great audio visit: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com Recorded before a live audience at the Baltimore Theatre Project, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO stars Mark Redfield as "Montresor" and Chris Pfingsten as "Fortunato". The play was adapted from Poe's short story and directed by Tony Tsendeas. Mike Moran created the live sound effects and Dave Crandall created the electronic ambience. Music by Jennfer Rouse and the audio engineer is Bill Dickson of Drat Productions. Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" was published in November 1846, in Godey's Lady's Book. Cast & Crew "Montresor" is played by Mark Redfield "Fortunato" is played by Chris Pfingsten Announcer: Chris Pfingsten Adapted and Directed by Tony Tsendeas Sound Design is by David Crandall. Sound Effects: Mike Moran Music: Jennifer Rouse Album art design: Jennifer Rouse Recording Engineer/Technical Director is Bill Dickson of Drat Productions. THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO is a new adaptation, written and directed by Tony Tsendeas. © The Mark Redfield Company
34 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 45 - "The Resurrectionist" - An Original Audio Drama By Tony Tsendeas
Episode 45 - "The Resurrectionist" - An Original Audio Drama By Tony Tsendeas For more great audio dramas visit http://www.redfieldartsaudio.com Recorded before a live audience at Westminster Hall in Baltimore (where Edgar Allan Poe is buried!), THE RESURRECTIONIST stars Tony Tsendeas as "Frank" and Mark Redfield as "The Interviewer". The play is an original created exclusively by Tony Tsendeas. Redfield Arts Audio brings you adaptations of contemporary and classic tales of mystery, horror and the imagination. This performance of "The Resurrectionist" was recorded before a live audience on June 22nd, 2013 at Westminster Hall Burial Grounds, in Baltimore, Maryland, where Edgar Allan Poe is buried. Cast & Crew Frank, the body-snatcher...Tony Tsendeas The Interviewer...Mark Redfield Lily...Mary Anne Perry Drunk...David Crandall Dr. Davidge...John Astin Bartleby...Chris Pfingsten Gretchen...Patricia Coleman Constable...Mark Redfield Dr. Abbott...Patricia Coleman Night Watch...David Crandall Announcer...Chris Pfingsten © The Mark Redfield Company, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
81 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 44 - The Secrets of THE SHADOW!
Episode 44 - The Secrets of THE SHADOW! DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! Find more great audio at: http://www.RedfieldArtsAudio.com SECRETS of ‘THE SHADOW’! With commentary by hosts Mark Redfield and Old Time Radio author and historian Martin Grams Jr. we present two great episodes of THE SHADOW radio drama. Mark Redfield introduces the premiere episode in the long-running radio series entitled “The Death House Rescue” from September 26th, 1937, starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow, and Agnes Moorhead as Margo Lane. Premiere episode! The Shadow helps an innocent man on death row and thwarts the bank robbers who framed the dead-man-walking! Martin Grams Jr introduces “Murder From the Grave” from April 6th, 1941, with Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow, and Marjorie Anderson as Margo Lane. A doctor creates a sinister solution that brings the dead back to life!
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