WMU News

All Ears Theatre records more Johnston-Percy scripts

May 12, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Two more editions of locally produced All Ears Theatre, featuring scripts by Arnie Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy, will be recorded in the next few weeks at Kalamazoo's First Baptist Church for later broadcast on public radio station WMUK FM.

Johnston is chair of the Department of English at Western Michigan University and has teamed with his wife, Percy, in writing seven of the programs for All Ears Theatre. Four of the seven were adapted from stories by science-fiction writer Frank M. Robinson and three of them from stage plays by Johnston and Percy. Admission to the recording sessions is free.

The first Johnston-Percy contribution this season is based on Robinson's short story "The Lonely Man," in which Norman P. Haskell has been found dead in his bathtub. An investigation into his death determines that no one seems to know anything about him, including who--or what--he is. The program will be recorded under the direction of Bryan Zocher at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at First Baptist Church, 315 W. Michigan Ave., and is scheduled to air on WMUK Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Cast members are Bob Brady, Mike Helms, David Chamberlain, Justine Warren, Jeff Mais, Martin Burch and Roland Stycos.

The second show is adapted from the second act of Johnston and Percy's stage version of E. T. A. Hoffman's "Nutcracker" and finishes the tale begun in the previous season's All Ears Theatre. It will be recorded at First Baptist at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, for broadcast on WMUK Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

All Ears Theatre is a series of half-hour radio dramas recorded throughout the year before public audiences. Produced by Don Ramlow, the series began in 2002 under the sponsorship of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

WMU News
Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
269 387-8400