Radio Theater

Sunday 6:00pm - 7:00pm

KUNM's Radio Theater is one of the longest running radio theater programs in the USA. We bring you radio drama from all over the world, including our own original productions.

DREAM ON

Jul 31, 2021

On Sunday, August 1, KUNM's Radio Theater presents DREAM ON.  Robert is having a dream.  Breakfast with his wife.  His ex-wife. His dead ex-wife.  The next night, there she is again, hauntingly familiar in the full personification of her monstrous personality.  His current wife is unamused at his nocturnal flirtation with the dead past and as dreams and reality overlap, Robert begins a desperate hunt to find out why this is happening and if he is really losing his mind.  From the Wireless Theater Company.

On Sunday, July 25th KUNM's Radio Theater presents Heaven's Well.  It was created by Irish songwriter Anthony Dunn O'Regan's lyrics from his original song "Castle in the Sky."  The story centers around June Jordon and her daughter Belle, as they deal with everyday life, struggles, and a series of strange unexplained happenings.  The drama features an international cast from England, Australia, Brazil and the United States.  It was recorded remotely from these places during the pandemic in 2020.

On Sunday, July 18, KUNM's Radio Theater will broadcast Hour Two of EX.TINC.TION. 

A zoologist in Australia gets funding to save an endangered species, from the very company that threatens its existence.  Will this deal with the devil allow her to save the species, or will it destroy her entire life's work?  The program includes an interview with playwright Hannie Rayson and director Martin Jarvis.  It is part of L.A. Theater Works ' Relativity Series of science-themed works.

On Sunday, June 13 at 6:00pm MDT, KUNM's Radio Theater present The Confessional, the story of Giles de Rais (1404-40).  It explores themes of guilt and responsibility, or repentance and forgiveness, and raises questions that we are still asking today: when rich and powerful people commin intolerable crimes, how much of the guilt lies with those who tolerated them? From Jill Korn Audio Drama, UK.

The Kiss

Jun 1, 2021

On Sunday, June 6th, KUNM's Radio Theater presents The Kiss by Gareth Rubin which tells the story of the first  interracial kiss on TV by Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.  From Wireless Theater Company.

On Sunday, May 16, KUNM's Radio Theater presents Hour One of Life on Paper by Kenneth Lin.  One of the world's wealthiest men had died in a plane crash.  The airliine's insurance compeny appoints a math genius to work on the case and minimize their payout. He faces a formidable opponet in a small town actuary, who challenges his ideas on the value of a human life.  From LA Theaterworks.

On Sunday, March 9th at 6:00 pm, on KUNM's Radio Theater, Carol Kane stars in Aftermath: Two Short Middle Eastern Plays: Scraps and Things by Melis Akerand  and Counting in Shah'ab by Emma Goldman-Sherman.  From Playing on Air.

The Son of West Branch: America's Great Humanitarian dramatizes the pivotal moments of Herbert Hoover's life from his childhood to the eve of the 1928 election.  Phil Proctor stars as Hoover. 

It's followed by a short comedy Sixty-six Trips to Lansing.  Both were written by Will Anderson.

On Sunday, April 18, Radio Theater presents Hour One of  Sisters Matsumoto.  Thousands of Japanese-Americans were sent to detention centers after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.  When these American citizens were finally released, many spent years trying to reconstruct lives that had been shattered overnight.  Philip Kan Gotanda chronicles the aftermath of one family's inprisonment.  From LA Theaterworks.

In a future in which solar flares have wreaked havoc with the earth's atmosphere, Dr. Robert Keran leads a scientific mission to survey the drowned citites in what was once the temperate zone before they are abandoned for good.  The de-evolution that the ecological crises has provoked seems to have affected the expedition's crew.

On Sunday, April 4th, KUNM's Radio Theater presents Flower Power: The Adventure Begins by Wil Anderson and Dandelion Wishes by Leslie Barker.  In Flower Power, a shifty local tv weatherman conspires to take a magic water bottle that can make it rain, away from a little girl, in an attempt to make, rather than report on, the weather.  In Dandelion Wishes, a modern take on the Cinderella story, a young girl searches for her talent while suffering at the hands of her tone-deaf stepmother and crass step-siblings.  But an impulsive wish on a dandelio

On Sunday, March 21st KUNM's Radio Theater presents Hour One of NEAT by Charlayne Woodard.  Actress and playwright Woodward stars in a story about her journew on the road to self-revelation . . .  and the influence of a most unlikely family member.  Drawing upon every stage of her life, her tale ranges from the upstate New York of her childhood to the rural South of her grandparents and beyond. From LA Theaterworks.

On Sunday, March 14th KUNM's Radio Theater presents The Bark and the Tree, written and performed by Vivian Nesbitt.  She recalls a time in her life when she sought to learn more about her famous ancestor, Eva Mary Kelly O'Doherty.  Eva was reknowned in Ireland during the 1800s for being both a patriot and a poet, with several of her works (including her first published poem) appearing in the notable Irish nationalist newspaper, The Nation.  She fell in love with an Irish revolutionary, Kevin Izod O'Doherty, who was arrested for writing allegedly anti-government pie

On Sunday, May 7th at 6:00pm KUNM's Radio Theater, in honor of Women's History Month, presents The Seven Ages of Manya: A Play About Marie Curie, written and performed by acclaimed Albuquerque actor Ninette Mordaunt.  It is a lovely, detailed depiction of the life and work of Marie Curie from her childhood through her scientific research to her being honored with the Nobel Prize and finally her taking x-rays on the battlefields of World War I.

 On Sunday, February 28, KUNM's Radio Theater presents Las Aranas by Leonard Madrid.

Along  the mesa of Albuquerque lie secrets.  Sometimes those secrets come back to haunt us.  This play displays the monsters we create and those we become.

On Sunday, February 21 at 6:00pm MST on KUNM's Radio Theater, we bring you Three Hotels masterfully written by one of America's most lauded playwrights, Jon Robin Baitz.  This deeply human story unfolds in three hotel rooms in Morocco, the Virgin Islands, and Oxaca, Mexico, as a married couple reflect on their lives as players in the game of international business.  A tour-de-force of humor, tragedy, and penetrating insight.  Directed by Gordon House, with Christine Lahti as Barbara Hoyle and Ron Rifkin as Kenneth Hoyle.  An LA Theatre Works and BBC co-production.

  On Sunday, February 7th at 6pm MST, in honor of Black History Month, we are happy to present a play based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown.  It is a two-part drama, a play within a play.  Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William Wells Brown and Mr.

On Sunday, January 31st at 6:00 pm MST, KUNM's Radio Theater is pleased to present Hour Two of FRONTIERS, based on the true stories of women on the American frontier.  The play is a series of vignettes that take place between 1840 and 1890.  They tell of the heartbreak, love, loss, and determination that these women experienced as they made new lives for themselves and their families.  Written by Valery Daemke, Doreen Dunn, Kathleen Gaffney, and Nancy Sellin.  FRONTIERS was first presented at Albuquerque's Adobe Theater in October, 2020.

On Sunday, January 24th at 6:00pm MST, KUNM's Radio Theater will present Hour One of FRONTIERS, based on the true stories of women on the American frontier.  The play is a series of vignettes that take place between 1840 and 1890. They tell of the heartbreak, love, loss, and determination that these women experienced as they made new lives for themselves and their families.  Written by Valery Daemke, Doreen Dunn, Kathleen Gaffney, and Nancy Sellin, FRONTIERS was first presented in October, 2020 by the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A young man who led a fast and reckless live is called back from the dead by an unknown bruja (witch) in Portales, New Mexico and finds the inner peace that eluded him in life.  Originally from Portales, Leonard Madrid is a playwright, director and actor who studied theater at Eastern New Mexico University and playwrighting at UNM.  This is a production of Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, directed by Argos McCallum.

  On Sunday, January 10th at 6:00pm MST, KUNM's Radio Theater will present Hour Two of Gravediggers by Dan McCormick.

Gravediggers is set during the ongoing global pandemic.   Listeners will be drawn into the world of Charlie and Mac, two gravediggers who are working overtime.  They are wondering how the pandemic started, how it will end, and they discover that, despite their heated differences, they have more in common than they originally thought.  And the secret they discover will surprise you.  From Cape May Stage.

  

On Sunday, January 3rd at 6:00pm MST KUNM's Radio Theater presents Hour One of Gravediggers.

On Sunday, December 20th Radio Theater is pleased to present "Christmas Eve at the Mermaid" by David Dodge and Loyall McLaren -- a delightful sketch dating from the 1930s.  It portrays William Shakespeare, Richard Burbage, Beaumont and Fletcher, and Ben Jonson on Christmas Eve 1597.  While the tavern keeper's wife Jenny fills their tankards with ale, they come up with a wonderful scheme to get some money so they can start the New Year off with a clean slate.  They'll write a holiday ballad and serenade the Queen on Christmas Eve.

On Sunday, December 20th at 6:00 pm, KUNM's Radio Theater is pleased to present a holiday classic, "Christmas Eve at the Mermaid" by David Dodge and Loyall McLaren.  This delightful sketch dating from the 2930s portrays William Shakespeare, Richard Burbage, Beaumont and Fletcher, and Ben Johnson on Christmas Eve 1597.  While the tavern keeper's wife Jenny fills their tankards with ale, they come up with a wonderful scheme to get some money so they can start the New Year off with a clean slate.  They'll write a holiday ballad and serenade the Queen on Christmas Eve..

 On Sunday, December 20, Radio Theater presents "Christmas Eve at the Mermaid Tavern." 

  On Sunday, December 13th KUNM's Radio Theater presents Happy ChallahDay!, an original musical comedy for Hannukkah.  Inspired by the rather odd fact that "White Christmas," the most famour Christmas song ever written, was composed by Irving Berlin, a Jew, Charles Moster has composed this light-hearted spoof parodying the old Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye movie "White Christmas."  General Waverlystein retires from the Israeli army and opens a B&B on the Red Sea. But it's not doing so well.

  On Sunday, December 13th KUNM's Radio Theater presents Happy ChallahDay!, an original musical comedy for Hannukkah.  Inspired by the rather odd fact that "White Christmas," the most famour Christmas song ever written, was composed by Irving Berlin, a Jew, Charles Moster has composed this light-hearted spoof parodying the old Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye movie "White Christmas."  General Waverlystein retires from the Israeli army and opens a B&B on the Red Sea. But it's not doing so well.

On Sunday, November 29 we'll present The Case of the Goofy Groom,

Nick and Nora need to stop the murder of Nick's friend, Arthur, the goofy groom.  Could Arthur's breath-takingly beautiful bride have something to do with the threats against Arthur?  By Dashiell Hammett.

 In The Wonderful Thanksgiving Violet two brothers struggle with life's great fears: death, guilt, and spouses.  Featuring real-life brothers Brandon and Jason Birden, directed by Carrie Preston.  In The Mandela Effect an actress is convinced that the present is no longer in synch with the past and she has an out-of=this=world explanation.  Her friend isn't buying it.  The play stars Geraldine Hughes, Kelly Hutchison, and Bill Buel.  The plays are followed by conversations with the artists and Playing on Air producer Claudia Catania.

Debs In Canton, Can We Learn From History

Oct 19, 2020
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