Welcome to…The Parson’s Nose Radio Theater of the Air!

Presenting the classics in the fun, Parson’s Nose style!

The Cask of Amontillado!/ Mark Twain…Candidate!/ The Emperor’s New Clothes! / Address Unknown/ John Galsworthy Quality/ A Taste of Shakespeare/ Mark Twain Advice to Young Ladies/ Mark Twain Etiquette for a Funeral/ The Declaration of Independence/ Wind in the Willows/ Everyman/ Noah’s Ark

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The Cask of Amontillado!

“Yes. For the love of God!”

Episode 1 – “The thousand injuries by Fortunato I had born as best I could…”

It’s Fall! Leaves are falling. A chill wind. Time for another Parson’s Nose Radio Theater classic! Edgar Allan Poe, writer, poet, American Gothic pioneer, creator of the “detective genre”, gives us his tale of revenge and murder. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Parson’s Nose Company members Gary Lamb and John Harnagel. Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett. (15 min.) Make your tax deductible donation at www.parsonsnose.org

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Mark Twain…Candidate!

In 1879 Mark Twain announces his candidacy for president. Performed by PNT Company member Mr. Paul Perri. Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett. Music by Lance Davis and Creative Commons

Episode 1 – “I have decided…”

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The Emperor’s New Clothes!

“He’s no emperor, Mother!”

A classic 19th Century children’s story (for adults too!) by a Danish “National Treasure”, Hans Christian Andersen.

“The emperor loved his fancy clothes so much! Too much! He loved his fancy clothes more than he loved his people! (Gasp!)”

Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Company members Mary Chalon, Jill Rogosheske, Barry Gordon, James Calvert and John Rafter Lee. Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett, courtesy of Creative Commons. Image by Edmund Dulac (1911)

Episode 1 – The Emperor’s New Clothes!

Episode 2 – About Hans Christian Andersen

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Address Unknown

The devastating correspondence in 1933 of two German art dealers, one in San Francisco, one repatriated to their homeland, during the rise of Hitler. Written in 1938 by “the woman who jolted America”, Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. The New York Times Book Review raved “This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction.” Performed by PNT Company members Paul Perri and Barry Gordon. Sound by Dave Bennett. (37 minutes)

Episode 1 – Address Unknown (37 minutes)

Episode 2 – About Kathrine Kressmann Taylor (8 minutes)


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Quality, by John Galsworthy

The Nobel Prize winning author of “The Forstyte Saga” tells the touching story of immigrant bootmakers in Edwardian London and the pitfalls of commercialism. Performed by PNT Company member John Rafter Lee. Adapted by Lance Davis

Episode 1 – Quality (20 min.)


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A Taste of Shakespeare!

PNT’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Geffen Playhouse

“What’s so special about Shakespeare?”Let’s take a look…

Episode 1 – To be or not to be; Romeo and Juliet (30 min.)

Episode 2 – The quality of mercy; Pyramus and Thisbe (30 min.)


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Mark Twain’s Advice to Young Ladies

Mark Twain Statue
Mark Twain, Monrovia, CA

Episode 1 – Advice to young ladies. (4 minutes) Performer Lance Davis. Sound Design Dave Bennett


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The Declaration of Independence

Committee of Five submits declaration

Our response to oppression. The match that touched the fuse that ignited the world. (22 minutes) Lance Davis. Sound design by Dave Bennett

Episode 1 – A brief timeline and then a reading of this amazing document. (22 minutes) Lance Davis. Sound design by Dave Bennett.


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The Wind in the Willows

“A splendid home you have here, Moley!”

Set along the River Thames in 1907, the story of Mr. Mole, who pops above ground one spring day for “an adventure”, and finds a new pal, Ratty, who is more than happy to introduce him to his riverbank friends. Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Adapted by Lance Davis. Sound design by Dave Bennett. Illustration by Paul Bransom

Episode: Begin: About Wind in the Willows (3 minutes)

Episode 1 Moley Meets the Riverbankers (15 minutes)

Episode 2 Introducing Mr. Toad (23 minutes)

Episode 3 Moley Lost in the Wild Wood! (9 minutes)

Episode 4 Mr. Badger’s Bungalow (11 minutes)

Episode 5 Home At Last (9 minutes)


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The Summoning of Everyman

(40 min.)

Sainte Chapelle, Paris

Episode 1 The Summoning of Every Man (40 minutes) Lance Davis. Adapted by Lance Davis. Original score by Tom Peters.

In the Middle Ages, life for many was spare and fleeting. Cautionary Christian lessons of salvation and stories of the glories of eternal life were taught to the illiterate – but not unintelligent – populace not only in sermons, but also in the comforting symbolism of ritual, stained glass, and Morality and Mystery plays. A joyous and mysterious play, originally Flemish, adapted from the York Cycle by Lance Davis.


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The Tale of Noah’s Ark (20 min.)

Episode 1 – Noah’s Ark

The inspiring tale of the beleaguered servant, ridiculed for his faithfulness to God, but rewarded for his belief. Lance Davis’ comic, radio telling of NOAH’S ARK  (ages 6+) (20 minutes)

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