Where We’ll Be (Online): Podtales Conference 2020

We weren’t able to make it in person last year, but we’ve heard so many good things, we’re actually kind of glad that we can attend the Podtales online festival of audio drama and fiction podcasting.

In part to acknowledge the fact that it’s not going to be one, concentrated, in-person weekend, the events are spread over the first three weekends of November… and in fact, there’s stuff happening right now on their Discord server (yet another 21st century way to meet, mingle, and converse). They also have a showcase of podcasts going on throughout the festival you may want to check out.

We hope to see some of you there (online)!

Some Classic Audio Frights for Your Halloween

Audio drama is often described as “the theater of the mind” and some of the best horror stories leave things up to one’s imagination. So it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that there are some top notch horror radio programs from the days of yore.

When we think of rating things at PG: parental guidance suggested, these two favorites are some of the programs we’re thinking about:

Suspense – The House in Cypress Canyon

Escape – Three Skeleton Key (with Vincent Price)

Also, if you’ve thought to yourself, “Yeah, these are classics and all, but what if I want vintage radio with Australian voices?” Well, you’re in luck!

Finally, we’re happy to announce that another local theater company, The Arlington Players, is getting in on the War of the Worlds action, using the original 1938 Howard Koch script used so successfully by Orson Welles back in the day.

You can hear it streaming live Halloween night (tomorrow!) at 6pm ET on our home station: WERA 96.7!

Remember, stay safe and spook responsibly.

New Writer’s Agreement for Scripted Podcasts

In a sign that the larger entertainment industry is re-discovering audio fiction, the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAe) has created a new agreement specifically for scripted podcasts, which you read all about on their website here.

The folks over at Radio Drama Revival have an in-depth interview with some of the people who have been organized the agreement for the WGAe.

Part of this organizing has been creating the WGA Audio Alliance, which includes creating a scripted writers’ database among other things.

While this doesn’t directly impact our work here at Jabberwocky Audio Theater, we’re interested to see how the industry continues to develop.

What to listen to next?

We’re bummed that you all won’t get more “Prince Prigio” for a few weeks. So, assuming you’re caught up with all our other shows and specials, it might be time to check out many other fine audio theater podcasts out there.

If you pop over to Podchaser.com, you’ll find us on a list of many, many fine fantasy podcasts that you may also want to check out.

And if you just want to learn about more audio theater in general, sign up for the Fiction Podcast Weekly, or check out the Audio Drama Hub FB group on Fridays for their regular promo day.

Thanks for listening and feel free to drop us a line about shows you think we might like!

Live Theater Revisits Audio Theater

A lot of the company has worked, and continues to work, in live theater — though now isn’t as easy. We previously shared a message from the artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota about theater’s enduring qualities.

Theaters are continuing to find ways to weather the closures and one way, as detailed on NPR, is to do plays as radio dramas.

The article references Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast from 1938, which we commemorated in 2018 with our own live performance of “War of the Worlds,” set in modern day and locally here in the Washington, DC area.

We hope this trend helps keep the lights on for many theaters — and perhaps introduces new listeners to the “Theater of the Mind.”

Julie Bennett, R.I.P.

We were sad to hear the news that versatile voice actor Julie Bennett passed away last week due to complications related to coronavirus. At the age of 88, she had an amazingly large body of work, not coincidentally because she started working around 1950.

While she voiced no end of characters, people might remember her best as Cindy Bear and also as Aunt May, but she not only had different voices, she wore different hats. Later in life, she was both a talent manager and a realtor. As Mark Evanier writes, she was skilled at adopting other identities.

Now we’re off to fire up some old Yogi Bear cartoons…