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

Presenting the classics in the fun, intelligent, Parson’s Nose style.

Box and Cox/ The Happy Family/ Irish Celebration 2021/ Papa Always Knows What’s Best/ The Devil and Daniel Webster/ The Wit and Wisdom of Tom Lehrer/ Ten Poems for America /Cliff Edwards/ A Christmas Carol/ The Little Fir Tree/ 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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Box and Cox!

“Do you fight, sir?” “No, sir!” “Then come on!”

Episode 1 – Box and Cox

Deemed “the best farce of the 19th Century” by the New York Times. Before “Fawlty Towers” was “Box and Cox”, an immensely popular one act play, written in 1848 by British playwright John Maddison Morton. A souffle of silly comedy performed by PNT Company Members Barry Gordon, Mary Chalon and Lance Davis, with sound engineering by David Bennett. 30 minutes.

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The Happy Family

by Hans Christian Andersen

Original image: the amazing Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Episode 1 – The Happy Family

Parson’s Nose Radio Theater loves Hans Christian Andersen. Tonight, Denmark’s greatest storyteller gives us the tale of Mama and Papa snail, who live under the dock leaves by the pond, and whose greatest dream is to be fried and served with butter in the Manor House. Adapted by Lance Davis for City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs “Spring ArtNight 2021”. Performed by PNT company members Mary Chalon and Lance Davis, with Sound by David Bennett. Original image by the amazing Vyacheslav Mishchenko. (14 minutes.)


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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An Irish Celebration 2021

Irish sheep…what did you think?

Episode 1 – An Irish Celebration 2021

Each year at this time the Parson’s Nose family gathers for a somewhat chaotic celebration of Irish poetry, song and humor. We’re a bit short on the music this year because of the hazards of remote recording, but we’ve put together a fun and thoughtful 40 minutes we hope you’ll enjoy. Compiled and written in part by Lance Davis.

Featuring PNT company members Associate Artistic Director Mary Chalon, Barry Gordon, Marisa Chandler, John Rafter Lee, Dorothy Brooks, John Harnagel, Gary Lamb, Taylor Hawthorne, Alan Brooks, Paul Perri, Laurine Price, James Calvert, and I hope I didn’t leave anyone out. Sound by Dave Bennett.

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Papa Always Knows What’s Best

Episode 1 – Papa Always Knows What’s Best

Hans Christian Andersen at his silly, sentimental best. You can just picture him making his paper cutouts as he tells the humorous story of love and simplicity. (12 minutes)

Adapted and performed by Lance Davis. Sound by David Bennett. For more about us go to www.parsonsnose.org.

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The Devil and Daniel Webster

American Flag 1840

Episode 1 – The Devil and Daniel Webster

The legendary battle between the Devil himself and America’s greatest jurist, Daniel Webster, before a jury from…you know where. Story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Paul Perri, John Rafter Lee, James Calvert, Barry Gordon and John Harnagel. Sound by David Bennett. (30 minutes)

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The Wit and Wisdom of Tom Lehrer

Episode 1 – The Wit and Wisdom of Tom Lehrer

A twenty minute tribute by Hoyt Hilsman to the irreverent wit and wisdom and musical brilliance of Mr. Tom Lehrer.

“The Vatican Rag”, “Werner von Braun”, “New Math” and “The Elements” were just a few of his smart, sometimes wicked contributions to the 1950s coffeehouse culture that championed satirical comedy and cool jazz.

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Ten Poems for America

Washington enters Boston

Episode 1 – Ten Poems for America: The Star Spangled Banner

Episode 2 – The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere!

Episode 3 – Sybil Luddington

Episode 4 – The Brave at Home

Episode 5 – The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Episode 6 – I Hear America Singing

Episode 7 – The New Colossus

Episode 8 – An American in Europe

Episode 9 – Let America Be America Again

Episode 10 – I Am Waiting

Episode 11 – End Credits

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Cliff Edwards: When You Wish…

Cliff Edwards: When You Wish

Episode 1 – Cliff Edwards: When You Wish

The Parson’s Nose Radio Theater “New Works” Series presents Hoyt Hilsman’s “Cliff Edwards: When You Wish”. A tribute to actor/singer Cliff Edwards, whose career ran from vaudeville to Broadway to Hollywood, “Ukelele Ike” performed classic tunes that swept America, from “Jada” to “When You Wish Upon a Star”. Written by Hoyt Hilsman. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound by Dave Bennett (18 minutes)

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Click image for PNT’s “A Christmas Carol!”

A Christmas Carol

Episode 1 – A Christmas Carol

Parson’s Nose Radio Theater of the Air! presents the most popular work of Charles Dickens, the most popular writer of Victorian England.

At PNT we emphasize the wonderful descriptive language  – the bits you skipped over in high school – now brilliantly brought to life by narrators Barry Gordon and Mary Chalon and the PNT Company. Recorded remotely under Covid restrictions. Adapted by Lance Davis. Sound by Dave Bennett and Lance Davis.

We especially thank our sponsors, Dr. Mario and Therese Molina.

Running time 1 hour 20 minutes. Pause anywhere for refreshment!

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The Little Fir Tree

Viggo Johansen 1891

Episode 1 – The Little Fir Tree

Hans Christian Andersen’s funny and touching story of a little fir tree who forgot to live in the moment.  A perfect story for the holidays – a time to pause and reflect on how fortunate we are. Adapted by Lance Davis. Starring Taylor Hawthorne as the Fir Tree, featuring Mary Chalon and Lance Davis. Sound by Dave Bennett and Lance Davis. (15 minutes) For more about us, please go to www.parsonsnose.org. Tax deductible donations greatly appreciated at www.parsonsnose.org/donate

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About the Amazing Mr. Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Episode 2 – About Hans Christian Andersen

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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 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.



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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