“Alexa! Play Parson’s Nose Radio Theater!”
For ArtNight: The Happy Family by Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark’s greatest storyteller presents Papa and Mama Snail, under the dock leaves, whose greatest wish is to be taken, one day, to the Manor House, and fried and served with butter. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound by David Bennett. 14 minutes.
AND….THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER! by Stephen Vincent Benet
The legendary battle between the Devil and Daniel Webster, America’s greatest jurist before a jury from…you know where. Story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Company members – and Pasadenans! – Paul Perri, John Rafter Lee, James Calvert, Barry Gordon and John Harnagel. Sound by David Bennett. For more about us – and if you enjoy our work a donation or even sponsorship would be great – go to www.parsonsnose.org. (30 min.)
Thank you, Rochelle, Jayme, the Pasadena Cultural Affairs Board and City of Pasadena for your enthusiastic support of the arts in Pasadena!
Tune in to our entire series. A Taste of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Kenneth Grahame, Charles Dickens, Tom Lehrer and many more. Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at www.parsonsnose.org!
When you have lemons…
Well isn’t this special! Nature is giving us a serious “time out”. Parson’s Nose sends best wishes to all in these stressful times. Being familiar with classic works going back centuries, we know that throughout history, after each disaster humanity rallies to a new appreciation of Life. The classics are stories about families, and how they survive. If we stay together, we can overcome any adversity.
Parson’s Nose has survived in the form of an exciting new “Radio Theater” format that will be our flagship performance venue for some time.
Now you can listen to fun, PNT adaptations anytime, anywhere!
(And so can your cousin in New York!)
Our Readers’ Theater format has served us well in our new pivot to radio podcasts. Readers’ Theater originated in the 1920s with radio drama, and was revived as a live performance format after World War II. “Theater of the Mind” – actor, script, audience and imagination – “story telling” in its purest form (and very popular in educational circles!)
We hope you’ll enjoy (and support) our new adventure.
It allows us to reach to all of Pasadena and beyond, anywhere, anytime. So far we’ve recorded eight of our scheduled twenty-two radio theater podcasts. a smorgasbord of classics, from the educational “A Taste of Shakespeare: Part One” to short, pertinent pieces by Galsworthy and Twain, to fairy tales by Hans Andersen, to the remarkably relevant 1938 chiller “Address Unknown” by American writer Kathrine Kressmann Taylor (available for a short time only). We have more coming up, including works by Moliere, Dickens, Frederick Douglass and Charles Perrault.
We’re recording remotely, with your favorite company members – primarily from the Pasadena area – happily broadcasting from their home bunkers. We’re vaccinating as fast as we can and hope to see you soon.