Presented by Ghoulish Delights
Sunday, December 31, 2017
11:00 pm / Doors open at 10:30pm
Tickets: $20/$15 in advance or with Fringe button
Join the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society for a reimagining of old-time radio circa New Year’s Eve 1947. The Society promises an evening of vintage thrills, performed in the style of a classic radio broadcast, including commercial breaks, live sound effects, and eerie music. Dress in your best 1940s attire and raise a glass to yesteryear!
Members of the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society include local theatrical favorites: Shanan Custer (2 Sugars, Room for Cream), Joshua English Scrimshaw (Comedy Suitcase), Tim Uren (H.P. Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls"), Eric Webster (Shade's Brigade) and Joe Weismann (The Jaztronauts).
“Shanan Custer, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Eric Webster, and Joe Weismann (who also handles the all-important organ duties) have this down cold — not just the technical aspect, but the tone… Chilling as it might be to experience these tales (complete with old-school ads) alone in the dark, it’s much more fun to experience them with a crowd.”
“The glow of the old radio sets the stage and seeing how the sound effects are created adds so much more than just hearing them. The cast of Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Eric Webster, Shanan Custer and Joe Weismann are all extremely talented and hilarious, taking on multiple voices and characters. If you have recently become interested in radio or audio drama through podcasts, why not see a recreation of how radio drama was at the beginning with The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society.”
-Twin Cities Stages
“This show is an entertaining and creepy homage to an era gone by, that of the radio drama. The creators of this show have a podcast of the same name… and their love for and knowledge of the genre is evident… There's a reason these radio horror shows were so popular, and happily they continue to exist in some form today thanks to Ghoulish Delights.”
-Cherry and Spoon
The Society’s live performances are inspired by the podcast of the same name. The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Podcast revisits the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, including tales from Suspense, Lights Out Everybody, The Witch’s Tale, The Shadow, and more. Each episode features a classic, or maybe-not-so classic story from the scary old-time radio vault, complete with historical notes and nerdy trivia. At the end of each podcast, your hosts, Tim, Joshua and Eric discuss the merits of the story and decide whether or not it stands the test of time.
Subscribe to The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Podcast on iTunes or download episodes at ghoulishdelights.com.
Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop (where she performed from the reign of Jesse Ventura to the Bush and Kerry election). A writer, actor, teaching artist, director as well as an improviser, Shanan’s original work includes: 2 Sugars, Room for Cream (with Carolyn Pool), which won an Ivey Award for Best Ensemble in 2013, Mick Sterling Presents: At Christmas (with Jim Robinson) and From Here to Maternity (with Joshua English Scrimshaw). Shanan has performed with Casting Spell Productions, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Frank Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, Comedy Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts and The Mystery Café as well as directed productions at Theatre in the Round and Artistry of Bloomington Center for the Arts. Shanan is also an improviser with the Theater of Public Policy. Shanan can also been seen this Fringe in “Couple Fight III”, along with her husband Eric.
Joshua English Scrimshaw is co-founder of the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase, as well as the dance and physical comedy troupe English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties. Joshua has been called "a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater" by The Star Tribune, and "a modern day Buster Keaton" by mnartists.org. Joshua has performed with a wide variety of local theater people and groups including (but not limited to) Bedlam Theater, Ben Sandell Presents, Maximum Verbosity, Actor’s Theater of Minnesota, Off Leash Area and, of course, Ghoulish Delights. Joshua’s 2017 Fringe show “Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners” was one of the top selling shows of the festival.
Tim Uren has been an actor, director, and playwright in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. He's the devious mind behind Ghoulish Delights, a theater company dedicated to staging tales of horror and suspense. Tim also writes and designs for board games and card games, and would probably love to share a game night with you.
Eric Webster is an actor, producer and writer for stage, radio and television for 25 years. On stage credits include; Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Artistry Theater, Workhaus Collective, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Pioneer Place Theater. He is also a Theater Teaching Artist for the Guthrie Theater, Centennial Middle School, Avalon Charter School and the History Theater. He also is the creator of the original radio theater drama "Shades Brigade". Shades firstname.lastname@example.org. Eric can also been seen this Fringe in “Couple Fight III”, along with his wife Shanan.
Joe Weisman has a B.A. in music from Carleton College and has pursued a variety of musical projects, from a cappella groups to ukulele duets. In the early ‘90s he was a fixture on the regional Bluegrass scene as bass player in the popular Christensen Sisters Band and performing with folk diva Becky Schlegel – including on A Prairie Home Companion. His own band, the Jaztronauts, rode the late 90s swing dance wave with regular appearances on Channel 45’s Big Bad Movie and Saint Paul Saints games, and even a three-week club date in Zurich, Switzerland. His original jazz/pop group the Smarts was the musical component of Minnesota Public Radio’s In the Loop program, and has spent the past 6 seasons as house band for the performing arts showcase series, Sample Night Live. Joe’s compositions formed the basis of the musical play, “Lemonade for the Lawnboy,” and the Smarts served as pit band for the premier run of the production in June 2015. Joe has lent his singing voice to commercials for GMAC, Miller Lite, Affinity Bank and more.
Ghoulish Delights is a Minneapolis-based theater company that specializes in bringing tales of suspense and horror to the stage.